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Does liver disease qualify one for SSDI in New Jersey?

One of the most important of the organs in the human body is the liver. Without its filtering capacity, a person's blood may become septic, with predictably catastrophic results. It stands to reason then, that liver ailments are among the most serious of illness with which people have to contend. Regardless of the cause, the failure of the liver to work properly can cause anyone to become disabled. The Social Security Administration therefore has several categories of liver disease in its blue book that sets out ways to make a case that one's illness is disabling.

Section 5.00 D of that publication discusses chronic liver disease and its forms in regards to applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. It sets out the definition of chronic liver disease as any inflammation, scarring or death of liver cells that lasts more than six months. This could be due to several causes, including a few types of hepatitis, alcoholic or drug-induced liver disease, Wilson's disease or hemochromatosis.

The section also talks about the general symptoms and signs of liver disease, such as fatigue, itching, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping or nausea. Enlargement of the liver, jaundice, collection of fluid in the abdomen and altered mental states may also result. In some advanced cases, the only cure for such illness is a liver transplant.

It is important to understand that, as will all applications for social security disability based on illness, the applicant will have to have sound medical evidence, including laboratory findings and professional diagnoses to qualify. Further the rule about being disabled for over a year still stands. Anyone with questions about his or her eligibility for benefits due to illness may wish to consider speaking with an experienced New Jersey disability attorney.

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