South Carolina Social Security Lawyers: Hepatitis and Social Security Benefits
A person infected with Hepatitis will have swelling and inflammation of the liver. It is not a condition as many wrongly believe, but it is often used to refer to a viral infection of the liver.
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Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Hepatitis can be brought on by: (National Library of Medicine)
- Immune cells in the body attacking the liver and causing autoimmune hepatitis
- Infections from viruses (such as hepatitis A, B, or C), bacteria, or parasites
- Liver damage from alcohol, poisonous mushrooms, or other poisons
- Medications, such as an overdose of acetaminophen, which can be deadly
Hepatitis may begin and get better quickly (acute), or cause long-term severe disease (chronic). In some cases, the infection may lead to liver damage, liver failure, or even liver cancer.
How severe hepatitis is depends on many factors. (National Library of Medicine)
The symptoms of hepatitis include:
- Abdominal pain or distention
- Breast development in males
- Dark urine and pale or clay-colored stools
- Fever, usually low-grade
- General itching
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss
People with Hepatitis have a lot of problems trying to obtain social security benefits. The SSA often denies initial applications. You need a lawyer to help fight for your social security benefits, especially if it was denied so you can set up your appeal.