Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is the infection or inflammation of pouches that can form in your intestines. These pouches are called diverticula. There are three conditions resulting from diverticular disease, including diverticulosis, diverticular bleeding, and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis, which leads to diverticulitis, is a common disorder that occurs in about 10% of people older than 40 and more than half of those older than 60. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Diverticulitis Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with diverticulitis do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. Here they are below:

  • Your symptoms are as severe or worse than the symptoms necessary to qualify for disability benefits for a listed condition OR
  • Your symptoms are so severe that you can’t be expected to perform any work that you are qualified to perform or any work duties that you could be trained to perform.

Because diverticulitis is common and generally responds well to treatment, it does not have a listing in the Blue Book. The closest condition to diverticulitis that is listed in the Blue Book is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The symptoms of your diverticulitis can be compared to IBD to gain approval.

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 diverticulitis 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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