Social Security Disability Conditions – Digestive System

 Liver Transplant

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) is a payroll-funded program to supplement the income of those unable to work due to disability.

General Qualifications for SSD Eligibility

For you to be eligible for SSD, your disability must last for at least a year or be terminal. You must also be under age 65 to be eligible, as 65 is normally the age of Medicare eligibility.

To be eligible for SSD, you must have accumulated a prescribed number of Social Security credits (normally accumulated through work experience and payment into Social Security) during the 10 years immediately preceding disability. Requirements vary according to age, and if you suffer disability before age 23 you may be able to draw on your parents’ Social Security credits without affecting your parents’ eligibility for SSD.

Digestive System Disorders and SSD

Disorders of the digestive system include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, malnutrition, liver dysfunction, short bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. Digestive system disorders may lead to obstructions or other complications, and may be accompanied by symptoms in other systems of the body.

Certain debilitating conditions, including metabolic liver disease, progressive liver failure, hepatic malignancy, and acute fulminant hepatitis, can cause severe liver dysfunction and result in the need for liver transplantation.

If you meet the general qualifications for Social Security Disability and liver transplantation makes it impossible for you to engage in substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for SSD benefits based on your disability.

Normally, the Social Security Administration will consider you disabled for one year following your surgery because of the greater likelihood of organ rejection and infection during the one-year period following surgery. After this one-year period, further review will determine your continuing eligibility for SSD benefits.

Many liver transplant recipients qualify for disability before undergoing transplantation. Your case will be considered according to its own facts and merits.

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Social Security Disability: Medical Requirements 

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