When suffering from a medical condition that renders you disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits or monthly Supplemental Security Income benefits. Individuals with the conditions of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colitis, and Crohn’s Disease may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Ensuring that a case for benefits is properly presented may require the assistance of a skilled attorney who understands Social Security rules and regulations. To receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must be deemed disabled – not capable of engaging in substantial gainful employment. Medical evidence is necessary to support a successful claim for benefits, and understanding how to set forth a strong claim can help ensure a successful conclusion.
Disorders that may be considered in the digestive system include IBS, as well as other diseases and syndromes. In order to prove a disability, medical evidence is typically presented by the claimant. The first step in presenting a strong case for disability benefits is to receive treatment from specialists skilled in treating the condition. Treatment with a specialist is important for any condition that is considered severe and disabling. For individuals suffering from gastrointestinal conditions, a gastroenterologist would be the specialist most likely seen, and testing may include x-rays, CT scans, blood work, and other laboratory testing. Invasive diagnostic tools, such as a colonoscopy and an endoscopy, may be required to assess the cause of the condition.
Another critical aspect of ensuring that a claim for disability benefits is likely to be approved is exhausting treatment avenues. This can include managing medication and setting forth evidence that shows that the individual remains disabled, despite undergoing treatment. Treatment may also include surgery, and any laboratory findings should be set forth as evidence. In some situations, there are adverse effects of treatment for digestive system conditions. The Administration will consider the duration of treatment and the impact it has upon an impairment.
The main issue to be determined by the Social Security Administration is whether a medical condition affects an ability to work in a regular, consistent manner. Bowel issues and other abdominal conditions can lead to diarrhea, issues with pain, severe constipation, and an inability to eat without experiencing side effects. Often, conditions are episodic, and claimants may in fact be unable to work for two or more days per month. A vocational expert at a hearing before an administrative law judge can help by testifying to the nature of the condition and to the fact that employers will not, in most cases, tolerate these absences.
A skilled Social Security lawyer can help you if you are suffering from severe gastrointestinal issues that make it difficult to function at work or home. At Needle Law, we provide legal advice and assistance, seeking Social Security Disability benefits for people throughout Pennsylvania. Contact our office at (570) 344-1266 for a free, confidential assessment of your circumstances.
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