Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid repeatedly flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus. Many people experience acid reflux from time to time. However, when acid reflux happens repeatedly over time, it can cause GERD. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does GERD Qualify for Disability?

While there is no specific Blue Book listing for GERD, there are a few listings that can apply to your claim if you are experiencing additional complications, including:

The severity of your condition should be met according to the requirements under the SSA’s guidelines. If your application is for asthma, the severity of your asthma should harm your bronchitis causing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In chronic bronchitis problems, you are required to submit a Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV) test report explaining the severity of your deteriorating breathing capacity.

Asthma attacks that force hospitalization with a frequency of once in two months and/or six times a year can help qualify for these benefits. If your application is submitted with oesophageal cancer as the condition, your test report needs to indicate that your esophagus is affected by carcinoma or sarcoma.

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 GERD 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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