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Which digestive system disorders qualify for SSD?

Karns & Kerrison

When it comes to debilitating conditions that allow you to qualify for Social Security Disability, you may  not consider disorders affecting the digestive system. There are, in fact, several different digestive conditions that can lead to an approval for assistance in Rhode Island. Here are just a few of the possible qualifying disorders and what you may need to provide as proof.

First, the Social Security Administration states that inflammatory bowel disease can be considered if symptoms require multiple hospitalizations over a six-month period. Each hospital stay must be at least 60 days apart to be considered separate events. Symptoms, such as perineal disease, severe involuntary weight loss or nutrition via a central venous catheter, that persist despite continued treatment may also be considered qualifying. Officials would need to be presented with a biopsy, endoscopy or other documented findings to prove the condition and associated symptoms.

If you suffer from chronic liver disease, you may also qualify for financial assistance. Typical symptoms for participants could include hemorrhaging that requires hospitalization and transfusion of multiple units of blood. There are also several other conditions that can cause hemorrhaging that may be considered.

If you are following a prescribed regimen of treatment for any digestive order and continue to have weight loss, you may qualify for help if you are rendered unable to work. In order to be approved for SSD, you will need to be evaluated at least twice in six months and have a BMI of less than 17.5 each time. This information is not intended as legal advice, but should be used to enlighten readers.


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