Hemochromatosis can keep you from working a regular job and earning a living. If you are struggling to make ends meet, you may qualify for Social Security disability for hemochromatosis. This could include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If you applied for disability and received a denial, the Social Security disability attorneys from Berger and Green in Pittsburgh are here for you. Our team will review your case for free. We can help you understand what you need to do to file your appeal and fight the denial. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Getting Benefits Based on a Hemochromatosis Diagnosis
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates hemochromatosis, or haemochromatosis as it is sometimes also known, as a chronic liver disease under Section 5.00 – Digestive of the agency’s impairment listings. These disability guidelines outline the criteria you need to meet to qualify for benefits. You will need to provide your medical records and related evidence to prove you meet the requirements. This evidence may include:
- Documentation of treatment and results
- Clinical testing results
- Medical imaging to document symptoms
- Proof of progressive deterioration of liver function
If you do not meet the criteria for chronic liver disease, you could still qualify based on complications related to your hemochromatosis. This may include:
If you decide to apply for disability, we recommend talking to your doctor about it before you prepare your claim. Your medical records and the scans, laboratory tests, and other evidence of your impairment are vital to qualifying for benefits. Your doctor can ensure your condition is well-documented in your medical records and other supporting documentation.
Getting Disability Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
You may be able to get SSDI and/or SSI without meeting the strict criteria under an impairment listing. This is possible because of your residual functional capacity (RFC). Your RFC is an evaluation of your abilities that allows the Office of Disability Determination Services to decide:
- The type of work you can do
- How long you can work
- How often you can work
Evaluating your RFC requires you to provide certain information during the application process, as well as asking your doctor to complete an evaluation based on their knowledge of your impairments and your medical records. In some cases, the SSA may ask you to undergo a consultative examination with a doctor the agency chooses and pays for.
If your RFC shows you cannot work your last job or any job you may qualify for, you could get benefits.
Meeting Other Qualifications to Get Disability Benefits
In addition to meeting the medical criteria for disability, each Social Security program has technical qualifications you must meet as well. The local Social Security field office determines if you meet these qualifications before forwarding your application and materials to the Office of Disability Determination Services. If you do not meet the strict criteria, you will receive a technical denial.
Some of the technical qualifications include:
Social Security Disability Insurance
- Earning enough work credits by working long enough and recently enough
- Having an earned income below the substantial gainful activity limit
Supplemental Security Income
- Having a total income below program limits
- Having few available assets
You may also receive a technical denial if there are mistakes on your application, such as leaving questions blank or entering information that does not match the SSA’s record of your name or birthday. We can help you apply and may be able to avoid some types of technical denials. Give us a call today to get started: 412-661-1400.
Let Us Help You Fight for the Disability Benefits You Need
The SSA denies more than half of all applicants for SSDI and SSI. If this happened to you, we can help you navigate the appeals process and fight for the benefits you need and deserve. We will request your appeals hearing, build a strong argument for your approval, and present your case to the Administrative Law Judge who oversees your appeal.
While we have only a limited time to request an appeal, it may take a year or more before the date of your hearing arrives. This gives us time to develop a case to argue for the SSDI and/or SSI you deserve. When you partner with us to fight for your disability benefits, we can:
- Review your application and materials to understand the reason behind the denial
- Collect additional evidence to prove your case, when necessary
- Maintain communication and answer any questions you may have
- Accompany you to your appeals hearing
- Represent you during the hearing and argue for full benefits
We can often get our clients approved for benefits during their appeals hearing, as well as recover backpay on their behalf. If this is not possible in your case, we can discuss taking the next step in the appeals process.
Getting Social Security Disability for Hemochromatosis in Pittsburgh, PA
If the SSA denied your disability claim, the legal team from Berger and Green will file your appeal and fight for the Pittsburgh disability benefits you need. We have helped countless Pittsburgh residents get approved for disability after a denial.
If your impairment occurred because of an accident, we can also evaluate your case and determine if you can file a personal injury lawsuit to hold the at-fault party accountable. Let us build a case on your behalf and go after additional compensation from the negligent party.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your free case review and consultation.