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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Receiving a denial for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim can be disheartening, especially when you’re already dealing with the severe health challenges that come with liver cirrhosis. If you’re in Florida and have been denied SSDI or SSI benefits for liver cirrhosis, you’re not alone. Many deserving applicants face denials at the initial stage. The good news is that you can appeal this decision with the help of an experienced attorney from the Disability Advocates Group. In this blog, we’ll explore liver cirrhosis, the denial reasons, and how an attorney can assist with your appeal.

Understanding Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is a serious condition characterized by the scarring of the liver tissue. It can be caused by various factors, including chronic alcoholism, hepatitis, and fatty liver disease. As cirrhosis progresses, it can lead to the loss of liver function and result in a range of debilitating symptoms.

Reasons for Denial of SSDI or SSI for Liver Cirrhosis

Receiving a denial for your SSDI or SSI claim for liver cirrhosis is not uncommon. The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates claims based on a set of criteria, and even eligible applicants can be initially denied due to various reasons. Some common reasons for denial include:

1. Lack of Sufficient Medical Evidence: The SSA may require extensive medical evidence to demonstrate the severity of your liver cirrhosis and how it affects your ability to work. If your application lacks comprehensive medical records or test results, it may be denied.

2. Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA): To qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, you must prove that you cannot engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). If the SSA determines that you can still work and earn a certain amount of income, your claim may be denied.

3. Incomplete Application: Failure to complete your application correctly or missing deadlines can lead to denials. Many applicants make technical errors that result in claim rejections.

4. Insufficient Documentation of Symptoms: Liver cirrhosis can cause various symptoms, such as fatigue, jaundice, and cognitive issues. If these symptoms are not properly documented and substantiated by medical professionals, your claim may be denied.

5. Administrative Errors: Sometimes, the SSA makes administrative errors in processing claims, leading to wrongful denials. It’s essential to have an attorney review your denial to identify such mistakes.

How an Attorney Can Help with Your Appeal

If you’ve received a denial for your SSDI or SSI claim due to liver cirrhosis, don’t give up hope. An experienced attorney from the Disability Advocates Group can significantly improve your chances of a successful appeal. Here’s how:

1. Comprehensive Medical Evidence Gathering

An attorney can assist in gathering all the required medical documentation, test results, and physician statements to substantiate the severity of your liver cirrhosis. This comprehensive evidence is crucial in establishing your disability.

2. Expert Presentation of Your Case

Having an attorney to represent your case is particularly beneficial during the appeals process. They understand the legal requirements and can present your case in a way that highlights the impact of liver cirrhosis on your ability to work.

3. Addressing Administrative Errors

Attorneys can identify any administrative errors that may have contributed to your denial and work to correct them promptly. This ensures that your appeal proceeds efficiently.

4. Representation at Hearings

If your appeal reaches the hearing stage, an attorney can represent you during the hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). They can present medical evidence and argue on your behalf, improving your chances of approval.

5. Providing Guidance and Support

The appeals process can be complex and stressful. An attorney will guide you through each step, providing support, answering your questions, and ensuring that your rights are protected.

Dealing with a denial for SSDI or SSI benefits for liver cirrhosis can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that many applicants are initially denied and go on to secure the benefits they need. Seeking the assistance of an attorney from the Disability Advocates Group can greatly improve your chances of a successful appeal.

Your health is a priority, and an attorney can help you focus on your well-being while they work on your appeal. If you or a loved one in Florida is facing a denial for liver cirrhosis, reach out to the Disability Advocates Group for professional assistance. We’re committed to helping you secure the financial support you deserve during this difficult time. Contact us today to get started on your appeal. Don’t give up; we’re here to fight for your rights.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.