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Social Security disability for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Many Floridians deal with digestive problems on a day-to-day basis. This can lead to discomfort and perhaps even the need for workers to take a sick day. But for others, the condition of their digestive system may leave them unable to lead a normal life. The condition can also prevent them from obtaining and holding employment. For these individuals, financial troubles can arise, as they cannot earn a wage to pay their rent or mortgage, put food on the table, or obtain the medical care they need.

Though this can be extremely overwhelming and worrisome, those who find themselves in this situation may be able to find relief. One of the best ways to do this is to seek Social Security disability benefits. In order to obtain benefits, seekers will need to prove that they meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled” given their medical condition.

Take Inflammatory Bowel Disease as an example. Under federal guidelines, an individual may qualify for SSD benefits if an endoscopy, biopsy, or other imaging test finds an obstruction in the small intestine or colon that causes proximal dilatation. This must occur at least twice in a six month period, with the events occurring at least 60 days apart, in order to be deemed a disabling condition. A benefits seeker may be able to show IBD via other means, such as anemia with lower levels of hemoglobin, a diagnosed abdominal mass, or involuntary weight loss.

Filing a successful Social Security disability claim can be difficult. In fact, many initial claims are denied by the Social Security Administration for a variety of reasons. Therefore, those considering seeking SSD benefits should think about consulting with a legal professional to ensure that their claim is as fully prepared and persuasive as possible.

Source: Social Security Administration, “5.00 Digestive System – Adult,” accessed on April 17, 2016

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