In the United States, millions of people suffer from digestive disorders. It may be surprising to know that, according to recent statistics, digestive disorders cause more hospitalizations among Americans than any other condition. One of the most common digestive disorders is Crohn’s Disease. When Crohn’s Disease prevents a person from working, he or she may be able to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s Disease is a digestive disorder that causes inflammation in the layers of a sufferer’s intestinal wall as well as throughout the gastrointestinal tract. Those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease often experience fevers, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic diarrhea, weight loss and other gastrointestinal complications. Many people who have Crohn’s Disease also experience problems outside their digestive system such as kidney disease, arthritis and disorders of the skin or eyes.
The cause of Crohn’s disease is relatively unknown. However, scientists believe the environment, genetics and the person’s own immune system play a role. When those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease apply for SSDI, the Social Security Administration will take all their Crohn’s-related symptoms into consideration for eligibility.
Applying for SSDI benefits for Crohn’s Disease
If a person who suffers from Crohn’s Disease is no longer able to work due to the condition, he or she can begin the application process for SSDI benefits by visiting the Social Security Administration’s website or calling the SSA office. Applicants will need to provide details and records about their ailment and what kind of medical treatment they have received. Those who are applying for SSDI could benefit by speaking with a legal professional. A knowledgeable attorney can guide clients through every step of the application process and help file an appeal, if necessary.