Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a serious gastrointestinal disorder that can vastly reduce a person’s ability to live their life effectively. A number of serious symptoms accompany this disease, and any one of them can impact your quality of life, including your ability to work a normal job.
In some cases, you may be able to receive disability benefits for this condition, making it a good idea to examine this issue in closer detail. Discover how you can qualify for ulcerative colitis disability and find out when it’s time for you to contact an experienced attorney.
Qualifying for Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a list of conditions that can qualify for benefits. This list is known commonly has the Blue Book. In the Blue Book, UC is found under the listing for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). To receive disability benefits for UC, you will first need a diagnosis of IBD. However, this diagnosis alone is not enough to receive your benefits. You will also need to show that your condition has resulted in serious complications.
Several complications can result from UC, including an obstructed bowel, anemia, and perianal disease. You will need to provide the SSA with documentation of one of these complications to be approved.
Inability to Work
Proving that your condition limits you from working is one of the most difficult issues related to applying for disability benefits. To receive benefits, you need to prove that your UC will stop you from working for a period of 12 months. Since the symptoms of this disorder aren’t constant, it’s nearly impossible to prove permanent disability.
If you believe your symptoms are severe enough to prevent you from working full time, you should see a specialist to confirm the severity of your condition. Having a documented examination by a specialist will help you prove your case to the SSA.
Guidance From an Attorney
Frequently, disability benefits applications are denied, and if this happens to you, your best course of action is getting assistance from an experienced attorney, such as Daniel Berger, Attorney at Law. Mr. Berger knows how to navigate the SSA system, and can help you apply for your benefits for ulcerative colitis.