December 20, 2016

Digestive Problems and Social Security Disability

The impact of digestive problems can be very disabling. I have seen a large increase in the amount of these cases in my practice.  Whether it is due to better detection by physicians or an ever increasing amount of individuals suffering from these disorders, it is obvious these conditions can make a huge impact on a person’s life.

While it may seem to you that the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not understand the difficulties you are experiencing, they do acknowledge these disorders in its Listing of Impairments. Listing 5.00 Digestive System-Adult may address a condition you are experiencing.  The Listing of Impairments is a guideline the SSA uses to establish criteria they acknowledge as disabling.  The SSA will usually not only send you to a consultative examination, but obtain and review your medical records from treating physicians to determine if you meet these guidelines.  Unfortunately, in my experience, many individuals are not found disabled on initial application and find themselves appealing their Social Security Disability (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.

The SSA should determine your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Your RFC is basically what your limitations are after your impairments are taken into account. I find many of my clients have symptoms such as, but not limited to:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Bleeding

Obviously, these are only a representative sample of symptoms. The severity of these symptoms vary greatly among my clients.

 

Social Security Disability Qualifications - Digestive System
Contact Scott D. Lewis if you have Digestive System conditions that may qualify you for Social Security Disability.

The SSA may find you disabled because of the severity of these symptoms. Your symptoms could cause you to be off task too often to compete in a work environment.  You may also have too many absences due to your health to maintain employment.  Digestive issues can create a number of problems that make you unable to work.

 

I represent individuals with various digestive disorders. I understand how disabling these conditions can be as well as how confusing the Social Security disability process can be.  My office strives to work closely with you and the SSA to achieve a favorable outcome in your case.  It is very important to ask questions and receive the treatment you need to get the benefits you deserve.

 

 

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