Advocating For Those Suffering From Crohn’s Disease
Individuals suffering from Crohn’s disease often face a diminished quality of life as a result of the disorder, especially when the symptoms of the disease cannot be properly managed. Coping with the physical and emotional aspects associated with the intestinal disorder can be overwhelming. When the disease disrupts an individual’s ability to support his or her family, financial problems are inescapable. Individuals suffering from Crohn’s disease may be entitled to Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits if their disease affects their ability to work and earn a living.
From five office locations throughout northern Illinois, including Chicago, Joliet, Winfield, Libertyville and Des Plaines, Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd., provides experienced representation to clients suffering from Crohn’s disease and seeking Social Security benefits.
Crohn’s Disease — What Is It And How Can It Affect You?
Crohn’s disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that can affect any area of the digestive or gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. However, Crohn’s disease typically involves inflammation of the small intestine or colon. People suffering from Crohn’s disease can suffer from symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, loss of appetite, rectal bleeding, fatigue, skin irritations, and even joint pain or arthritis.
There is not a known cure for Crohn’s disease. Medical treatment and therapy focus on minimizing symptoms and reducing frequency of flare-ups. Even with treatment, many people suffering from Crohn’s disease must deal with frequent surgeries, infections, gastrointestinal ulcers and malnutrition.
Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits?
Crohn’s disease is not specifically listed in the Social Security Administration’s medical impairment manual. However, many people suffering from Crohn’s disease are still capable of obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The key is to fully document the medical impairment and provide objective medical evidence supporting the severity of your symptoms. A medical professional must validate the degree of impairment and its impact on your ability to work on a full-time basis.
Contact An Experienced Chicago-Area Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you suffer from Crohn’s disease and have questions about pursuing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, contact an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer at the northern Illinois law office of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. We concentrate our practice on helping clients obtain the disability benefits they are entitled.