Social Security Disability (SSD) is the umbrella that encompasses Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Through one of these assistance programs, you may be eligible for medical and monthly financial benefits for a digestive system disorder that will not allow you to work.
Both programs have the same medical requirements—a disability that is expected to last a minimum of one year or that is expected toresult in your demise. Proving your disability meets the eligibility standards can be challenging. In addition, coping with the effects and limitations of your disorder might add to the stress of your financial strain.
If your disability is on the disability listing of impairments of the digestive system, an SSD lawyer might be able to help you complete and submit a comprehensive application that proves your eligibility or file an effective appeal that means you do not have to give up on getting benefits because of a denied application.
Consult the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments
The nature and degree of impairment caused by certain illnesses and disabilities led to the SSA generating a “Listing of Impairments.” Disorders on this list have a specific evaluation process that helps administrators determine your eligibility for disability benefits.
SSA – 5.00 Digestive System – Adult lists certain digestive ailments and diseases that could meet the criteria for receiving SSD. If your illness is severe enough, it may permit you to apply for the health care benefits and financial support you need when you cannot keep working. These digestive conditions include:
- Chronic liver disease
- Liver transplantation
- Persistent weight loss
- Intestinal hemorrhaging
- Short bowel syndrome (SBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Your health care provider can help you establish the degree of impairment caused by your digestive disorder. Then, your disability lawyer may be able to help you compile the medical evidence that must be included in your benefits application.
Proving Your Medical Eligibility for Disability Benefits
To prove your medical eligibility for disability benefits, you might be asked to share documentation, including medical records, clinical findings, laboratory results, and imaging exams. This information must comply with your medical evaluation and attest to the validity of your diagnosis and the seriousness of your current medical condition.
Because there are effective treatments for many digestive disorders, your prescribed treatment plan, responses to treatment, and required medications might be evaluated and reevaluated over time. That may include assessments of:
- Surgical procedures
- Medication dosages
- Medication side effects
Your need for supplemental nutrition, your response to your treatment plan, and the severity and duration of your adverse health condition may all play a role in your application status.
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Know Your Application Options
When a digestive disorder is severe enough to cause a disability, you may apply for SSD benefits. Because they are available through two programs, you should understand which program best fits your application status.
Through its SSDI program, SSD offers medical and financial benefits to disabled workers who can no longer work to support themselves. If your work history is long enough and recent enough, and you paid Social Security taxes while you were working, this may be the program you should apply for.
Through its SSI program, SSD provides health care and financial support to disabled men and women whose income and resources are limited. If you have a demonstrated financial need, this may be the program you should apply for.
The lawyer who helps you apply for benefits and submit a completed application might be able to help you determine the right SSD program for you.
Submit a Comprehensive and Complete Application
Completing your online adult disability application is a long and strenuous process. It can involve amassing a considerable number of documents, records, reports, and medical evidence. The paperwork SSD administrators might require you to accumulate may include:
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Permanent resident card
- Marriage license
- Divorce decree
- Military service records
- Employment history
- Banking information
- Account type and number
- Medical history
- List of medical conditions
- Healthcare provider information
- Education history
Because your documents and evidence might come from a variety of sources, compiling them all might take long periods of time. A disability lawyer may be able to help you understand the plethora of documents you are responsible for providing and ensure your application is completed in a timely manner.
Let Us Guide You Through the Social Security Disability Application Process
If you have a digestive system disorder that is expected to last a minimum of one year and you meet other requirements, you may qualify for medical and monetary benefits. Social Security Disability benefits might help you meet your health care and financial needs.
Get help navigating the complex information-gathering and application process. Contact Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, by calling (828) 286-3866 to put the power of our team behind your fight for SSD benefits today.