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Can my child with Crohn's disease qualify for SSI?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune condition which affects the digestive system of approximately 400,000 to 600,000 individuals in the United States and throughout North America.

Most claimants begin to have symptoms of Crohn’s disease between the ages of fifteen and thirty. The symptoms experienced by the claimants may be intermittent, with some disability claimants experiencing period where their condition is in remission. The cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, although there seems to be a genetic predisposition for the disease.

Common classifications of Crohn’s disease


1. Ileocolic Crohn’s disease which affects both the large intestine and the ileum. Fifty-percent of Crohn’s sufferers have this type of disease.

2. Crohn’s colitis which can negatively impact any part of the digestive system from the mouth to the anus. This type of Crohn’s disease most often affects the stomach or esophagus.

3. Crohn’s ileitis which affects the ileum only.

Claimants who have Crohn’s disease may experience a variety of symptoms including severe weight loss, pain in the stomach, diarrhea, rashes, arthritis and inflammation. There are a variety of treatment options which range from injections and medications to surgery to fix bowel blockages.

My child has Crohn’s Disease, can they qualify for SSI (Supplemental Security Income)?


Although Crohn’s disease is not included on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments or Blue Book (a list of diseases and conditions which the SSA automatically considers disabling), it may be possible for your child to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for this condition.

The Social Security Administration may consider a child under the age of 18 as disabled if they have a medical or mental impairment or a combination of conditions, which result in severe functional limitations that are expected to result in death, or that are expected to be continuous for at least twelve months.

To prove your child is disabled you will need to provide medical evidence to prove that they are unable to do activities that are appropriate for a child who is the same age and they are severely limited in their ability to function.

Keep in mind, Supplemental Security Income is only offered to families with VERY limited income and resources and a parent’s income will be considered prior to awarding SSI benefits for children.

If you are an adult applying for either Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance and you suffer from severe Crohn’s disease, you will need to prove that you are unable to return to a past job, your current job or be retrained for new work based on your age, education, job skills, and rated limitations.

Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer


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