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Ocala Social Security Disability Lawyer Explains How Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Qualify for Disability Benefits

  • Published: June 2, 2012

Ocala Social Security disability lawyers are familiar with Social Security disability claims involving common digestive impairments such as abdominal distress, diarrhea and fecal incontinence. Some of these digestive impairments, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are generally known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD).

Social Security Disability Claims and IBDs

IBDs present any number of symptoms such as diarrhea, fecal incontinence, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting or arthralgia, that often cause you to spend a lot of time away from your workstation during the course of your normal workday. These conditions often result in a great deal of time spent in the restroom and it is unpredictable as to when those conditions will present themselves.

You may also suffer from malnutrition, fatigue, fever, nausea, abdominal tenderness, palpable abdominal masses and perineal disease.

You may find that you are missing an increasing number of workdays and other parts of your life are completely disrupted due to your IBD. What makes the situation more frustrating is that, if you have applied for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration may deny your claim.

Reasons why the Social Security Administration Denies Claims Based on IBD

One of the dominating reasons that the Social Security Administration denies an IBD sufferer’s disability benefits claim is that the Administration focuses on the objective medical evidence presented in your case rather than focusing on your symptoms. By emphasizing the objective medical evidence, the Administration often views your impairments caused by IBD to be relatively mild, even if you are unable to work a full day and miss a large number of workdays.

Because the severity of your symptoms may not meet the severity standards set by the Social Security Administration, you may initially be denied disability benefits. If this occurs and you feel that you cannot work due to your IBD, you should appeal the denial.

Get an Ocala Social Security Disability Lawyer to Appeal the Denial of Your Claim

When you appeal the Administration’s initial denial for benefits, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJs) further evaluates your case. The ALJ then examines your entire case including objective medical evidence, your symptoms and the credibility of your case. Based on this information, the ALJ will determine if you are incapable of working and eligible for Social Security disability benefits due to IBD.

If you suffer from IBD and would like assistance with your Social Security disability claim, contact a knowledgeable Ocala disability attorney at the CJ Henry Law Firm by calling 352.304.5300 or visit our website at www.cjhenrylaw.com for more information.

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