January 12, 2010
Crohn’s Disease and Social Security Disability Benefits
Crohn’s disease is an ongoing disorder causing inflammation in the digestive tract (also known as gastrointestinal (GI) tract.) As Crohn’s disease may affect any area of the GI tract, it most commonly affects the lower portion of the small intestines. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease are abdominal pain and diahhrea. Some other symptoms include rectal bleeding, arthritis, weight loss, and skin problems. Because the symptoms of Crohn’s disease are similar to other intestinal disorders, such as ulcerative colitis or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it may be difficult for doctors to diagnose. Unlike ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease may cause inflammation to all layers of the intestine.
A person with Crohn’s disease may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you are an Indiana Social Security disability claimant with Crohn’s disease, it’s most likely necessary that you meet the Social Security Administration’s criteria in order to qualify for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates Crohn’s disease in their “Listing of Impairments,” Section 5.00 Digestive System; Section E. Claimants with Crohn’s disease may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if he/she has the following:
- Persistent and recurrent intestinal obstruction causing abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.
- Persistent and recurrent systemic manifestations (such as iritis, arthritis, fever or liver dysfunction)
- Intermittent obstruction due to intractable abscess
- Body weight loss
Although it may be very difficult to get disability benefits for claimants with Crohn’s disease, it’s not impossible. Claimant’s that can prove their disability is severe may have better luck in getting approved for disability benefits. It’s important to have good medical evidence supporting your claim. Many claims may be denied for claimants that are not following prescribed therapy for their Crohn’s disease. You must meet the SSA’s criteria for Digestive disorders for at least 12 consecutive months or expected to last at a level of severity for 12 consecutive months.
If you would like to discuss your disability claim with an Indianapolis Social Security Disability Attorney, call Scott D. Lewis for a free consultation at (317) 423-8888. Lawyer Scott Lewis can help you fight for the Social Security disability benefits that you deserve!