The Sullivan Law Office focuses on the fact that every application for social security benefits is different. Applicants should understand every necessary detail before they file an application and the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility. The Sullivan Law Office may provide valuable assistance during the long and sometimes stressful gathering of personal information and medical evidence involved in the application process.

How do you qualify for disability benefits if you have ulcerative colitis? Treatment for ulcerative colitis is usually with medication. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the afflicted colon, since nothing other than surgery is known to cure the condition. A risk of surgery is that it may result in short bowel syndrome (SBS), which has a separate listing for disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates ulcerative colitis under the listing for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Applicants must have a diagnosis of IBD in addition to another specific complication such as a tender abdominal mass, bowel obstruction, anemia, or perineal disease with the presence of an abscess or fistula. Applicants who have a body mass index (BMI) of 17.5 or less may qualify under the SSA’s disability listing for weight loss.

If an applicant doesn’t have any of the requisite complications or amount of weight loss, he or she may be able to show that symptoms make it impossible to do full-time work. The SSA will assess an applicant’s “residual functional capacity” (RFC) to determine whether there is any type of work that he or she may still perform despite functional limitations. If it is determined that an applicant is unable to do past work, the SSA will evaluate whether any other work is possible based age, job skills, and education.

Have your social security benefits been denied? Are you confused and frustrated because you don’t know why? Mike Sullivan understands and may answer all of your questions. After all, disability law is the sole focus of his practice. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today by calling 888-587-0228 or visiting us online! We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you.

I Have Ulcerative Colitis - Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits? Part 2: Qualifying