Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Bowel Incontinence

Bowel incontinence, sometimes referred to fecal incontinence, is the inability to control bowel movements. Fecal incontinence ranges from occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. Experts believe that 1 in 12 people will have some form of bowel incontinence within their lifetime. While bowel incontinence does not have a specific listing, you can find more information about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability by visiting Section 1.01, Section 5.00, Section 5.06, and Section 11.14 of the Blue Book.

Does Bowel Incontinence Qualify for Disability?

Bowel incontinence is rarely severe enough to qualify for benefits on its own and incontinence is not a specific listed condition one can collect disability for.

With that said, loss of bowel control is typically a symptom of a more serious disease. Conditions that can cause bowel incontinence are:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord injuries
  • Stroke

If you are able to prove your bowel incontinence is equal in severity to another listed condition, you may qualify. Alternatively, even if your condition is not similar to a listed condition, you may still be eligible through a “medical vocational allowance”. This allowance is granted if there is sufficient medical evidence proving your condition is severe enough to prevent you from working. However, in most cases of bowel incontinence, disability claims are made based on the underlying cause of incontinence.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve been diagnosed with bowel incontinence and believe you may qualify, contact us today for a free disability case evaluation.

You could be entitled to $3,822 a month. See if you qualify today!

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