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Untreated digestive impairments may qualify for SSD benefits

Every illness and injury that may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Social Security Administration. In addition to determining whether or not you meet the federal requirements for a listed disability, the SSA will also look to see if you have received any treatment for your medical condition and how, if at all, it has affected your condition. This holds true for many conditions, including those that affect the digestive system.

Many Floridians may find themselves asking whether they need to seek treatment for their condition prior to filing for SSD benefits. To put forth the best claim possible, it is probably best for you to seek out any treatments that are available to you. Although the SSA indicates that those who have not received treatment will still have their condition assessed under the applicable disability, they may be at a disadvantage when trying to meet the requirements of disability. The SSA does state, though, that an untreated digestive impairment may be disabling based on other factors, including age, work experience, education, and residual functional capacity.

So what does this tell you? It tells you that each case is unique and each claim should therefore be individually tailored to the circumstances at hand. Those who want to learn more about the best way to pursue their disability claim may want to consider seeking legal guidance.

Many initial claims are denied. This should not deter an individual from pursuing the compensation that he or she needs. Instead, they should familiarize themselves with the SSA's requirements and how to satisfy them. It's not always black and white, however, which is why having a legal advocate who can help you navigate the gray areas may be beneficial.

Source: Social Security Administration, "5.00 Digestive System - Adult," accessed on Dec. 4, 2016

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