If you have cirrhosis, you have a condition where the liver does not function as it should because it has suffered long-term damage. Usually, it is a disease that slowly develops. It has debilitating symptoms.
If you are unable to work because of cirrhosis, but your condition does not meet the criteria of a Blue Book listing, you may still be able to qualify by providing a residual functional capacity (RFC) completed by your physician. This RFC will detail what you are able to do and what you are unable to do, as well as your limitations and restrictions.
How To Use the RFC When You Have Cirrhosis
You will want to use the RFC to your benefit in your disability claim, so you will want to make sure the doctor explains how you are affected and how you are limited. As an example, you have worked retail your entire career and you are now 58 years old. Your RFC should indicate how the cirrhosis affects your work abilities.
As an example, because of the edema and pain caused by the swelling, you cannot stand for more than 30 minutes. You cannot walk without the help of a walker, and because of the pain and fatigue you cannot work for more than an hour without a rest break.
The medications you take for the cirrhosis causes nausea and it also causes mood swings and problems with your memory. You are not able to concentrate, and you cannot remember how to process transactions or where items are located. You can no longer work retail, and based on your symptoms, you cannot do other work.
What To Include With Your RFC For Cirrhosis
When you apply for disability benefits because of cirrhosis, you will need to apply other documents besides the RFC. You will need to make sure you complete the application in detail.
Answer every question fully and do not just leave one-word answers or put non-applicable. You will also need to provide supporting medical documentation to support your claim, such as exam notes that confirm the diagnosis, test results, treatment records, and any other supporting medical records.
If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must provide a detailed work history to confirm that you earned enough credits to qualify. To qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will need to provide proof of income and details about your resources. You will need to meet financial criteria to qualify for SSI.
Get Help With Your RFC For Cirrhosis
Disability claims can be challenging. By enlisting the help of a Social Security disability lawyer, your likelihood of having your claim approved may increase. Disability lawyers know what documentation you need to support your claim, and they will be able to review the details to ensure the disability examiner has access to the records that show your inability to work and earn a living.
Disability lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning that your attorney will not be paid until you win your claim. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to share details with an attorney in your area.