Disability Benefits After Liver Transplant

Disability Benefits After Liver Transplant

Liver transplant refers to the process of replacing a diseased liver with a healthy liver allograft. This kind of a liver transplant is opted for, when the liver gets damaged and stops working properly. The main reason for the liver damage is a disease called cirrhosis. It is estimated that this disease causes around 27,000 deaths in a year.

This is also one of the most common causes for people to apply for Social Security and disability benefits. In order to avail the disability benefits it is important for an individual to show that he/she is not able to work to earn substantial income, by doing earlier work, something that he/she has done in the last fifteen years and neither is he/she able to earn money doing some other work based on the skills that they have. When an individual makes such a claim Social security will check the person’s medical history to decide whether the person is capable of doing any work or not and the persons unable to do so are eligible for disability benefits.

After a liver transplant a patient may take as much time as six months or one year to return to a normal life.  The patient may need to stay away from people who have some infection as their immune system is very low. Also they may not be able to travel as easily as they earlier did.

Though liver transplants are improving, the survival rate of people with acute liver problems is only 80 percent and to add to it there is always a risk of rejection in case of transplants

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Disability Benefits After Liver Transplant