If the symptoms of Wilson’s Disease prevent you from working, you may be eligible to draw monthly income through a disability program. Depending on your work history and financial situation, you could qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers from Berger and Green can know how to get Social Security Disability for Wilson’s Disease. We can review your application and try to ensure you have the best chance of approval. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) already issued a letter of denial, we can file your appeal and help you fight for full benefits.
Qualifying for Disability With Your Wilson’s Disease Diagnosis and Symptoms
The SSA lists Wilson’s Disease as a potentially impairing condition in Section 5.05 – Chronic Liver Disease of the Blue Book, which is a guide to impairments that may qualify you for disability benefits.
To qualify, you must have medical evidence that shows:
- You suffer from hemorrhaging from ruptured blood vessels or related to portal hypertensive gastropathy; and
- This bleeding causes issues maintaining blood pressure and requires you to receive a transfusion of at least two units of blood.
You might also qualify if you have proof of:
- Fluid in the abdominal or pleural cavity that causes symptoms at least twice, more than two months apart in the same six-month time frame; or
- Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis; or
- Kidney failure caused by the liver; or
- Severe hepatic encephalopathy; or
- End-stage liver disease.
In addition, Wilson’s Disease can also cause other cognitive or psychiatric issues. You may qualify based on another diagnosis listed elsewhere in the Blue Book, if your medical records and other medical evidence provide adequate proof of your condition.
We encourage you to talk to your doctor before you apply for disability. Because their documentation of your condition plays a primary role in qualifying, they may be able to help you determine if you have the evidence necessary to meet a listing in the Blue Book.
Getting Disability for Wilson’s Disease If You Do Not Meet a Listing
You can still get disability benefits even if you do not meet an impairment listing outlined in the Blue Book. This is possible based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). The SSA uses your RFC to determine whether or not you are capable of working. If you cannot work your previous job, or any other job you qualify for, you may receive benefits.
To determine your RFC, the SSA will:
- Have a doctor review your application, medical evidence, and other information; or
- Ask your personal doctor to complete an RFC form based on their knowledge of your case and your medical records; or
- Schedule an in-person evaluation of your abilities with a doctor paid for by the SSA.
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Meeting the Technical Qualifications for SSDI and SSI Benefits
When you submit your application for benefits, your local Social Security field office will review it to determine if you meet the technical qualifications of the disability program. If you do not meet these qualifications, you will receive a technical denial.
Our attorneys can review your work history, income, and other information to determine if you meet the technical qualifications for SSDI or SSI benefits.
Technical Qualifications for SSDI
The SSDI program provides money for workers with disabilities until they reach retirement age. Because of this, the SSA requires you to have a specific number of work credits to qualify. The exact number depends on your age and work history.
SSI Technical Qualifications
SSI is a need-based program with strict income and asset limits. These limits change each year, and usually exclude your home, car, and work tools.
Filing an Appeal After a Denial of Benefits
If the SSA already denied your application, we can help you file your appeal. The appeals process begins with presenting your case to an Administrative Law Judge and asking them to approve you for benefits.
We can handle the appeals process for you. Just call us as soon as you get your letter of denial. We will take action to build a strong case on your behalf. As a part of our services, you will receive:
- Our help setting your appeals hearing date;
- An investigation into the reasons the SSA denied your claim;
- Help collecting evidence to support your approval; and
- Representation during your hearing with the Administrative Law Judge.
We will try to present a strong case to convince the Administrative Law Judge that your diagnosis of Wilson’s Disease qualifies you for monthly benefits. In many cases, we can also help our clients collect back pay because of the delay in approving their benefits.
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Talk to a Pittsburgh Disability Attorney About Benefits for Wilson’s Disease
The disability lawyers from Berger and Green understand how stressful it can be to go through the multi-stage application process to get the disability benefits you need. We will help you try to get approved the first time, or fight for approval during the appeals process.
Occasionally, our disability clients also have valid personal injury claims and qualify for damages. Our attorneys can review your case to help you understand your best legal options to get the benefits or compensation you deserve.
Call our office today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation.