Does SSA Qualify Crohn’s Disease as a Disability?
Despite its prevalence, disability approval on the first application for Crohn’s disease is not common – just 26% are approved initially. However, when those denied benefits appeal and attend a hearing with Social Security judges, their chances increase significantly: three-quarters of appeals were granted at this stage! It’s important to note that Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel condition which can cause ulcerations in small and large intestines as well as other organs such as kidneys or skin. In severe cases it may result even in perforations or complete obstruction of digestive track.
How Do I Get Approved for Benefits with Crohn’s Disease?
People living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Crohn’s must meet certain criteria to quality for the IBD listing. You must meet one of the following criteria:
Two of the following medical conditions:
- severe anemia
- low levels of serum albumin
- abdominal cramping or pain
- perineal disease
- involuntary weight loss of 10% or more
- need for feeding tube
Take our assessment to find out if you will be approved for SSA benefits.
Want to start a disability claim? You have three options: apply online at Social Security’s website, call the customer service hotline between 8am-7pm Monday through Friday (or their TTY line if you’re deaf/hearing impaired), or visit your local field office – make sure to give them a ring first though!