Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Gastrointestinal Hemorrhaging

Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a sign of a disorder in the digestive tract. The blood often shows up in stool or vomit but isn’t always obvious. Stool may look black or tarry. Bleeding can range from mild to severe and can be life-threatening. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.02 of the Blue Book.

Does Gastrointestinal Hemorrhaging Qualify for Disability?

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

  • Your GI bleed is so severe that you must have blood transfusions
  • Blood transfusions are required at least three times within a consecutive six month period


  • A duration of at least 30 days between blood transfusions in that six month period

It is important to note that qualifying under this listing entitles you to benefits for a period of only 12 months from the date of your last blood transfusion. At the expiration of that period, the SSA will re-evaluate your medical condition to determine if you are still eligible to receive benefits.

Even if your GI bleeding does not meet the listing in Section 5.02, you may still be able to receive SSD under the listing for the condition that causes your hemorrhaging in the first place. Listings for gastrointestinal disorders and diseases that may result in GI bleeding include:

Each listing in the Blue Book has specific criteria you must meet in your medical records and other documentation in order to receive benefits.

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 gastrointestinal hemorrhaging 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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