Liver Cancer and Disability Benefits
The liver removes toxins and other chemical waste products from the blood and readies them for excretion. Claimants with liver cancer may have cancer which begun in the liver or which started in another area, such as the breast or colon, and moved to the liver.
Liver Cancer currently comprises 2% of cancers in the United States. Men are twice as likely as women to get liver cancer. This type of cancer is also more common in other countries where there is a higher incidence of hepatitis, which predisposes a person to liver cancer.
Symptoms of Liver Cancer
Unfortunately, there are no common signs and symptoms for liver cancer at its earliest stages. Often the earliest signs are mistaken for other more common conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver. Symptoms can include weigh loss or fever, but these symptoms may not be visible in the earliest stages of the disease and are less common in the United States than in other countries where the patients may have more advanced cases of liver cancer.
If liver cancer is not diagnosed in its earliest states claimants may experience abdominal pain, bloating, appetite loss, nausea, fatigue, vomiting and dark colored urine.
Winning SSDI for Liver Cancer
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to claimants who have a severe health condition which does not allow them to work for least 12 continuous months.
The SSA has several processes to determine if a claimant is disabled. First, the SSA will determine if their condition is on the Compassionate Allowance List or the SSA Listing of Impairments. The Compassionate Allowance List is a list of conditions which are automatically considered disabling. If your condition is on this list the SSA will expedite processing to get you SSDI or SSI as soon as possible. The SSA Listing of Impairments is also a list of conditions and symptoms that are automatically considered disabling, but the processing for these claims is not expedited.
If your condition is not on either list and does not "meet or exceed" a listing, than you will have to prove that you do not have the ability to work through a medical vocational allowance.
Compassionate Allowance List and Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is listed on the Compassionate Allowance List, so assuming you have proper documentation for your condition and you meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI or SSI, you should be approved immediately.
You will need medical documentation to support your diagnosis of liver cancer which can include pathology reports (which shows hepatocellular carcinoma in the biopsy) or an MRI or CT scan.
Do I need a disability lawyer if I have Liver Cancer?
Given that you will be approved immediately for SSDI or SSI benefits you most likely do not need a disability lawyer, but if you are very sick and need help reviewing your claim a disability lawyer can help. Some lawyers or advocates may also be willing to help you file your disability claim, although most lawyers will not. If you need help talk to a disability lawyer about the services they provide.
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