Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Involuntary Weight Loss

Involuntary weight loss is a decrease in body weight, when you did not try to lose the weight on your own. Many people gain and lose weight. Involuntary weight loss is loss of 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) or 5% of your normal body weight over 6 to 12 months or less without knowing the reason. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Involuntary Weight Loss Qualify for Disability?

Because involuntarily weight loss is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of a disease, it is possible to apply for disability benefits with involuntary weight loss as a reason under a larger range of listed disabilities. For example, your involuntary weight loss may be caused by digestive problems or immunity issues.

With digestive problems, the sufferer can apply under listing 5.08, which specifically addresses “weight loss due to any digestive disorder.” In order to be eligible under this section, the patient or applicant should have taken medication and undergone treatment as directed by a physician. Also, the patient’s BMI must have been recorded below 17.50 on two occasions within six months, with a minimum of 60 days as an interval between the two recordings.

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 involuntary weight loss 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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