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Does Crohn’s Disease Qualify You For Disability?

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: March 18, 2015
Workers Compensation And Heat Related Injuries

Victims of Crohn’s disease are unable to perform full-time work. In the Los Angeles area, if you suffer from Crohn’s disease or any other gastrointestinal disorder that prevents you from working, look into the possibility of qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) with the help of an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney.

Symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease can vary, but common symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, weakness, fever, abdominal pain, and sudden, substantial weight loss. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes gastrointestinal disorders in its Listing of Impairments. Many Crohn’s disease patients, however, do not meet all of the specific requirements of this listing. In those cases, you and your attorney must show that the symptoms you experience reduce your “Residual Functional Capacity” (RFC) so that you cannot perform all of the duties required of a full-time job. Typically, Crohn’s disease patients are unable to stay on task because they require frequent bathroom breaks or have debilitating abdominal pain. Some days, they are unable to leave home because their symptoms are so severe. If your medical records support a finding that you would leave your work station too often or miss too many days, an Administrative Law Judge presiding over your case may find that you are disabled under Social Security’s rules.

Objective testing results and notes from a physician can greatly enhance the chances that your disability claim will prevail. In the case of Crohn’s disease, diagnosis and treatment by a physician who specializes in gastroenterology may be the key to persuading the SSA that you are disabled and prevented from working.

A good Social Security disability attorney knows what it takes to win SSI benefits on your behalf. If you need disability benefits and believe that you qualify, or if you’ve already been denied benefits or missed an appeal deadline, obtain the help you need to receive the benefits you deserve. Speak immediately with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.