There are some unexpected conditions on the list of Social Security disability diseases and stomach and intestinal disorders fall into this category. Some people suffering from these disorders are unable to work for an extended period and rely on Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits to help maintain their standard of living. An attorney can help these individuals navigate complex SSDI laws and complete the documents required to submit a benefits claim.
Stomach and intestinal disorders can be extremely painful and some pose lifetime problems. There is a long list of Social Security disability diseases that relate to the stomach or intestines. These include: pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, and more severe conditions such as peptic ulcer disease, Crohn’s Disease, and upper gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.
Individuals suffering from other digestive disorders should contact an attorney to learn whether their condition qualifies for SSDI benefits. The lawyer will explain the threshold that these types of disabilities must meet in the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA). In general, the condition must be severe enough that a medical professional advises the patient to remain out of work for at least 12 months or indefinitely.
SSA places heavy weight on the medical records included in the SSDI application paperwork. Claims determiners take the opinions of treating physicians seriously so this information should be accurate and comprehensive. Without having medical details at their disposal SSDI claims representatives will be unaware of the amount of pain the applicant is experiencing or the severity of the condition. This increases the chance that they will deny the SSDI claim, which they do with nearly 75 percent of first-time applicants.
An attorney will review the SSDI application forms and verify the presence of all supporting documents required for an accurate claims decision. The lawyer also removes some of the burden from the claimant, who is not in a position to take on any more stress. Having an attorney in one’s corner makes the process much easier to handle.
People who have already filed SSDI claims for stomach or intestinal disorders but have been denied benefits should not give up. An attorney can help them file an appeal and though the entire appeals process may take a while, the outcome can be worth it. Once a claim is approved, benefits will continue until the individual is eligible to return to the previous job or other work performed in the past.