Getting Social Security Disability for Crohn’s Disease


JusticeIf you have Crohn’s disease, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits under the listing requirements of inflammatory bowel disease. Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic inflammatory condition of the intestines. Crohn's disease causes breaks in the lining of the intestines and can affect any point in the digestive system. In severe cases, bowel obstructions and perforations may occur.

Symptoms of Crohn's include:

  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss.

These symptoms tend to fluctuate between periods of inactivity (remission) and activity (relapse). It can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other intestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and to another type of IBD known as ulcerative colitis.

Social Security considers Crohn's disease to be a severe enough impairment that can prevent an individual from working and it is evaluated under the requirements inflammatory bowel disease. You need to have a diagnosis of IBD, plus a listed complication, such as untreatable anemia, a bowel obstruction, an abscess or fistula, significant, unintentional weight loss (of more than 10% of your body weight), or a tender abdominal mass with pain and cramping.

If you don't have one of the complications, you may also qualify if you can demonstrate that your symptoms make it impossible to work your prior job, and that with your skills and education level, there is no other work that you would be capable of doing.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email Disability Professionals  to set up your appointment today.



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