If you are between the ages of 50 and 65 years and suffer from a disability that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits
Do Digestive System Disorders Qualify for Social Security Benefits?
Do you suffer from a digestive system condition that is so severe it has left you unable to work? If so, you may qualify to receive social security disability (SSD) benefits to help support you financially during this difficult time. The digestive tract is made up of many organs that make up the digestive system. These organs include the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver and stretches from your mouth to your anus, allowing your to body to break down the food that you eat.
What Digestive Disorders Qualify to Receive Benefits?
There are many symptoms of digestive disorders that can prevent you from being able to perform your daily work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has compiled a list of conditions that qualify to receive benefits in a publication called the Blue Book. This book is a comprehensive list of what conditions qualify, as well as specific requirements each condition must meet to be eligible for benefits. Within the Blue Book, Listing 5.0 covers conditions that apply to the digestive system.
The digestive disorders and diseases that qualify under listing 5.0 are:
- Chronic Liver Disease – can be a result of hepatitis B, hepatitis C or alcoholic cirrhosis. This condition covers a wide range of liver pathologies including inflammation, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma
- Gastrointestinal Hemorrhaging – this condition can result from any cause, however, must be severe enough to require a blood transfusion in order to be eligible for benefits
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease – including Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis
- Short Bowel Syndrome – a condition in which your body is unable to absorb enough nutrients from food as the result of not enough small intestine
- Significant weight loss as a result of any digestive disorder
- Liver transplants – Receiving a liver transplant will automatically qualify you as disabled for at least one year after the date your transplant is completed