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SSDI and Crohn's Disease

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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.

If you are a worker with severe Crohn’s disease you may be having difficulty maintaining full-time employment. You might be wondering if it is possible to get SSDI or SSI benefits for this disease, and if so, what symptoms will you need to have to prove that you cannot work for at least 12 continuous months.

It is not uncommon for many individuals to get Crohn’s disease as early as 15. If you have had this condition since you were an adolescent you may not have worked and paid enough employment taxes to qualify for SSDI benefits. In that case, your only option would be to see if you could qualify for SSI.

A common difficulty that many claimants with this condition have is proving that it will last for 12 continuous months. Because the condition can go into remission there may be times when a claimant is able to work and other times when they will have severe flare-ups which will make it impossible to work. Unfortunately, if you cannot prove that your condition will last for 12 continuous months your SSDI and SSI claim will be automatically denied, regardless of the severity of your current condition.

Common classifications of Crohn’s disease

There are several different types of classifications for Crohn’s disease:Ileocolic Crohn’s disease which affects both the large intestine and the ileum, Crohn’s colitis which affects the digestive system from the mouth to the anus (most commonly impacts the esophagus and the stomach) and Crohn’s ileitis which affects the ileum only.

If you have this condition you may suffer from rashes, arthritis, inflammation, stomach pain and severe weight loss. You most likely have tried all of the common medical treatments to alleviate the symptoms including surgery or injections. If all of these treatment options have not lessened your symptoms and you continue to have difficulty performing substantial gainful activities, the SSA may find you disabled.

How will the SSA decide if I am disabled for Crohn’s Disease?

The SSA has two methods they use to determine if claimants are disabled: determining if the claimant’s condition meets or exceeds a listing on theSocial Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments or Blue Book (a list of diseases and conditions which the SSA automatically considers disabling) or deciding, through a medical vocational allowance, that a claimant is unable to work their current job, previous job or retrain for new work.

Unfortunately, the SSA does not currently have Crohn’s disease listed on the SSA Listing of Impairments, but this does not mean that you cannot prove your condition is as severe as a listed condition or that your medical evidence cannot substantiate that you do not have the residual capacity to work.

Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you would like Social Security Disability attorney to review your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income claim contact one today. It is important to either review your own medical information or have a disability lawyer review your medical information to ensure that you have enough medical evidence to prove that you do not have the ability to work.
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