Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Short Bowel Syndrome

Short bowel syndrome is a condition in which your body is unable to absorb enough nutrients from the foods you eat because you don’t have enough small intestine. The small intestine is where the majority of the nutrients you eat are absorbed into your body during digestion. Short bowel syndrome can occur when:

  • Portions of the small intestine have been surgically removed. Conditions that may require surgical removal of large portions of the small intestine include Crohn’s disease, cancer, traumatic injuries and blood clots in the arteries that provide blood to the intestines.
  • Portions of the small intestine are missing or damaged at birth.

To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Do Short Bowel Syndrome Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with short bowel syndrome do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. These criteria include the surgical removal of at least half of the length of the small intestine, necessitating daily nutritional supplementation through a central venous catheter. In simpler terms, your small intestine has to have been shortened enough that your body is unable to maintain proper nutrition through normal eating, to the point it has become necessary to feed you intravenously. The Blue Book does make note of the fact that some patients eventually regain some absorptive capacity in the intestine and may at some point be able to be weaned away from the I.V. line.

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 short bowel syndrome 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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