Is Hepatitis C Damaging Your Health? Financial Help May Be Available.

Financial assistance may be available for you if hepatitis C has seriously limited your health.

Social Security Disability benefits provide monthly income support and access to health care coverage through Medicare. Getting benefits can be a huge relief.

To qualify as an impairment for the purposes of winning Social Security Disability, any medical condition you have must be clearly severe enough to stop you from working.

So hepatitis C is tricky in a claim for disability benefits for these reasons:

  • Sometimes, you have no symptoms at all (many people don’t know they have it.)
  • In the vast majority of cases, it can be cured.

You’ll need to prove how yours isn’t one of those quiet cases of hepatitis C; it’s a case that curtails your everyday activities in major ways.

You can get help in this effort from the disability attorneys at Bothwell & Hamill. Our disability law firm helps people all over Washington State.

We have offices in the Tri-Cities and Central Washington, serving people in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Yakima, Sunnyside, Spokane, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla—and anywhere you are.

We’ve helped thousands of people get through the disability benefits system.

You can work with our disability lawyers without paying any upfront fees. We only get paid when you win benefits.

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Symptoms of Hepatitis C Severe Enough to Get Disability Benefits

Hepatitis C is the most often diagnosed form of this liver disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC estimated there were almost 67,000 new infections in the U.S. in 2020 and 2.2 million cases overall.

Hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are each caused by different viruses with different ways of spreading. Hepatitis C travels through blood going from one person to another—even a microscopic amount that you never knew was there.

It can be transmitted through needles, syringes, other contaminated medical equipment, contaminated tattoo and piercing equipment, sexual contact, and more.

Hepatitis C is covered by Social Security Disability when it’s a chronic liver disease, an illness that can last a lifetime.

Debilitating symptoms that you can document for your disability benefits application include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Changes in skin appearance
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Joint pain
  • Mental disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Vomiting

Hepatitis C can also lead to cirrhosis of the liver, the need for a liver transplant and liver cancer.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it tough to win disability benefits. An overwhelming number of people get denied for benefits and need to appeal.

You have to build a case showing how your symptoms combined with your age, education, work history and more rule out working much at all.

Do you wonder if you have a strong case for Social Security Disability for hepatitis C?

Start with a no-cost, no-obligation initial conversation with the Washington disability lawyers at Bothwell & Hamill.

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How Do I Prove My Hepatitis C Qualifies for Disability Benefits?

Every disability benefits claim depends heavily on medical evidence.

In the case of hepatitis C, these are some of the kinds of information from your medical care that you can add to your case for benefits:

  • Blood work
  • Details of doctor and hospital visits
  • Doctor’s reports
  • Liver biopsy reports
  • Log of your medications
  • Paracentesis results
  • Medical images of your liver, like x-rays or endoscopy
  • Side effects of medications
  • Thoracentesis results

It’s a big project to fill out all the forms and put together everything you need for a successful disability claim for hepatitis C.

And you may have other health problems to include in your claim, too. Each medical condition has symptoms to document and types of records to gather.

It’s the mission of the Washington disability attorneys at Bothwell & Hamill to lighten the work for you, so you can focus on your health.

When you can’t work because of hepatitis C, Social Security Disability benefits make your life easier.

Talk to us about your situation and your needs.

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More Questions?

You might have a lot of questions. Bothwell & Hamill has answers.

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Yakima man who won Social Security Disability benefits with the help of Tom Bothwell.

Mr. Bothwell and his staff were not only knowledgeable and to the point, but took the time to answer all of my questions and kept in touch with me during the entire process.”


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