Called the “silent epidemic,” hepatitis C is wreaking havoc on the population of baby boomers not just in New Jersey, but across the country. According to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in excess of 2 million baby boomers are known to be infected with the virus, and 15,000 victims die from hepatitis C-related illnesses annually. Additionally, there is an estimated 800,000 individuals infected with the virus that don’t know it.
Hepatitis C attacks the liver and is shown to cause cancer. Of equal concern is the ability of victims afflicted with the illness to develop secondary medical conditions that can affect brain function or cause scarring of the liver. The liver-threatening disease and its subsidiary medical conditions can make it impossible for suffering victims to continue working and earning an income.
Victims in such a position may wish to consider filing for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Social Security Disability benefits are provided by the Social Security Administration to aid those that are under retirement age and no longer able to work as the result of a condition that prohibits them from doing so for at least 12 months.
However, the process of filing for SSD can be difficult, particularly in the face of trying to deal with an illness such as hepatitis C. An individual looking to receive benefits may wish to seek the aid of experienced legal counsel in the process of filing.
Source: BeaumontEnterprise.com, “Incidence of Hepatitis C to Rise Among Baby Boomers; Disease Can Lead to Severe Disability,” Aug. 24, 2012
- If an individual in New Jersey wishes to learn more about the process of applying for federal benefits, they may wish to visit our Newark Social Security Benefits page