Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes swelling of the tissues (inflammation) in your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. It is estimated that over half a million Americans are living with Crohn’s disease. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Crohn’s Disease Qualify for Disability?

Your Crohn’s may qualify for disability if you provide the results of an endoscopy, biopsy, medically-acceptable imaging, or other operative findings that show:

  • Narrowing of the small intestine or colon that causes obstructions AND
  • The obstructions required hospitalization for either surgery or intestinal decompression AND
  • Your hospitalizations occurred at least twice and were at least 60 days apart within a consecutive six-month period

Even if you don’t meet the above criteria, you may still qualify for disability benefits if you experienced symptoms despite continuing your prescribed treatments.

You’ll have to prove that you experienced at least two the below, on at least two occasions, at least 60 days apart:

  • You presented with anemia.
  • You had low levels of blood albumin.
  • Your doctor found a tender abdominal mass during a physical exam. The mass causes pain or discomfort that is not fully controlled by a prescription.
  • You had perianal disease with an abscess or fistula that causes pain not fully controlled by a prescription.
  • You involuntarily lost at least 10% of your body weight from your documented baseline.
  • You require daily supplemental nutrition via either a gastrostomy or a central venous catheter.

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 Crohn’s disease 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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