Does Ulcerative Colitis Qualify for Social Security Disability in South Carolina?

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      Even if you started out with a few mild symptoms, ulcerative colitis is chronic and progressive, so it eventually could interfere with your ability to do everything you want to do—including holding a job.

      Is there any kind of assistance available for someone in your situation?


      If you have ulcerative colitis severe enough to stop you from working, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Monthly benefit checks would help you get on more solid financial ground. Medicare access that comes with benefits could cover the treatment and medication you need to manage your condition.

      But Social Security won’t just take your word or even your doctor’s word for it that you should be awarded benefits. You’ll have to prove that you absolutely cannot work by submitting a lengthy, detailed disability benefits application accompanied by well-documented evidence that supports your claim.

      You don’t have to handle this application process alone.

      You can get help in Charleston, Columbia or anywhere in South Carolina from the Robertson Wendt Disability.

      Robertson Wendt is one of the most experienced disability attorneys in the state. He’s one of only a few who have board certification in disability law.

      If ulcerative colitis is disrupting your life and livelihood, talk to us about your path to a more secure future.

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      To Apply for Social Security Disability with Ulcerative Colitis, Start with Your Symptoms

      Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is recognized as an impairment qualifying for disability benefits under Section 5.06 of the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments.

      What you have to overcome, in a program that requires you to be almost completely unable to work, is that some people with ulcerative colitis can manage their symptoms with medication and keep working. So they won’t qualify for benefits.

      But ulcerative colitis is not curable and symptoms often get worse over time.

      Documenting your specific symptoms will be key to your disability claim.

      Early symptoms of the disease can include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fatigue, nausea, anemia and weight loss. The pain and discomfort can be mild and ongoing, or it can come on suddenly and sharply. When ulcerative colitis is moderate to severe, symptoms can include blood, mucous or pus in stool; severe cramping; fever; skin rash; mouth sores; or joint pain.

      Any of these symptoms or a combination of them could be enough to prevent you from performing your job duties.

      If ulcerative colitis is preventing you from working, you need an experienced ally on your side who can help you navigate Social Security’s complex rules and regulations, fill out the paperwork, gather the medical evidence you’ll need, and provide invaluable guidance so you can get the benefits you deserve.

      Board-certified Social Security Disability attorney Robertson Wendt and his team have helped thousands in South Carolina and can help you with your disability claim.

      You can start by getting on the phone with us to learn more about how your particular disability claim might work. There’s no cost for an initial consultation.

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      How to Qualify for Disability Benefits with Ulcerative Colitis

      To qualify for SSD benefits for ulcerative colitis, you’ll need to document your medical status through endoscopy, biopsy, medical imaging, or operations.

      Social Security’s impairments listing says you’ll need to show at least one of two things:

      1. “Obstruction of stenotic areas (not adhesions) in the small intestine or colon with proximal dilatation…requiring hospitalization for intestinal decompression or for surgery, and occurring on at least two occasions at least 60 days apart within a consecutive 6-month period.”


      2. Two of the following, despite continuing treatment and occurring within a consecutive six-month period:

      • Anemia with hemoglobin of less than 10.0 g/dL on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart
      • Serum albumin (an enzyme made by the liver) of 3.0 g/dL or less on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart
      • Tender abdominal mass, confirmed by physical exam, with abdominal pain or cramping that is not completely controlled by pain medication, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart
      • Perineal disease with a draining abscess or fistula and also pain not manageable through prescriptions, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart
      • Involuntary weight loss of at least 10 percent, again in two evaluations 60 days apart
      • Need for daily supplemental nutrition, either through feeding tubes or intravenously
      • You can tell by all the highly specific, technical medical terms that disability claims are complicated. Your doctor will have his or her way of talking about it. Social Security has their own approach.

      An experienced Charleston disability attorney like Robertson Wendt can bridge that gap for you, taking the burden of gathering all the right evidence off your shoulders.

      No matter where you are in the process, from wondering if your condition will qualify you for benefits to applying or appealing a denial, we can help.

      We promise to treat you and your case with the respect and dignity you deserve.

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