August 16, 2011

Digestive Disorders and Social Security Disability Claims

Many individuals suffering from a digestive disorder find that this disorder can take them away from work indefinitely. Indianapolis Social Security disability attorney Scott D. Lewis assists individuals with digestive disorders with their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim.  The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “Listing of Impairments” addresses the criteria for a variety of digestive system disorders in section 5.00 Digestive System.  Specifically, the following digestive orders can be found under this listing:

  • 5.02 Gastroinntestinal hemorrhaging from any cause, requiring blood transfusion
  • 5.05 Chronic Liver Disease
  • 5.06 Imflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • 5.07 Short Bowel Sydrome (SBS)
  • 5.08 Weight Loss due to any digestive disorder
  • 5.09 Liver transplant

Meeting the Listings for digestive disorders may be very difficult. However, individuals may also be awarded SSDI or SSI benefits if they suffer from a combination of health problems while they do not meet the listing, in combination prevent them from being able to perform substantial gainful employment. The “Listings of Impairments” are designed to award Social Security disability benefits to disability claimants who are clearly severely ill.  The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at a hearing can determine that a person, while not meeting a specific disability listing, has health problems severe enough to award the claimant disability benefits.

Individuals suffering from a digestive disorder may experience the following symptoms or side effects:

  • Development of allergies due to compromised immunity
  • Abdominal pain
  • Indigetion
  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Diarhhea or constipation
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bladder or bowel changes
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bloating and painful gas
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakened immune system

As stated above, being approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a digestive disorder may be difficult. In order to successfully win your claim, it’s important to prove to the SSA what is wrong with you and how the digestive disorder negatively affects your daily life. In some cases, digestive disorders may be painful and life-altering. Digestive disorders may also affect other organs such as the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. Digestive problems may also indicate more serious conditions such as cancer, peptic ulcer, or liver disease.

Currently, digestive problems are among the top culprits for lost time at work and statistically seem to be occurring with increased frequency. Chronic pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) are two of the more common digestive disorders. If a serious digestive disorder has caused you to become disabled and unable to work, Indianapolis disability attorney Scott D. Lewis can help you fight for the disability benefits you may deserve.

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