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Which Digestive Conditions Are Covered by Disability Benefits?

Which Digestive Conditions Are Covered by Disability Benefits?

Certain digestive conditions can make working a full-time or part-time job difficult. In severe cases, certain digestive conditions can significantly interfere with job performance. When this happens, you might be eligible for disability benefits to replace lost income. Feel free to talk to a Wilmington disability lawyer to learn more.


The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists medical conditions and disabilities in its Blue Book listings of impairments. Digestive conditions are one of the categories in the Blue Book. If your digestive disorder is listed in the Blue Book, then your chances of qualifying for disability benefits might be greater.

The first step to figuring out whether your condition could qualify you for disability benefits is checking whether your condition is listed. Among the digestive disorder disability benefits listings, you will find the following digestive conditions:Which Digestive Conditions Are Covered by Disability Benefits?

  • Chronic liver disease
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Significant weight loss from a digestive disorder
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Within each of these digestive disorder listings are different criteria for the symptoms that qualify someone for disability benefits. For example, within the chronic liver disease category, there are subtypes like chronic hepatitis and autoimmune hepatitis. Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging is evaluated based on symptoms for 6 months like pale skin, falls in blood pressure, fainting, and other symptoms.

Specific criteria for whether someone qualifies for digestive disorder disability benefits range from specific symptoms to severity of symptoms. Duration, lab test results, and how symptoms impact daily functioning may also be considered depending on the type of digestive condition.


The SSA offers two types of disability benefits programs. These disability benefits programs include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Eligibility criteria differ between these two programs.

The eligibility criteria for SSDI are largely based on how many work credits someone has. These work credits are usually built up over several years of working at multiple jobs. Without the right amount of work credits, someone who is applying for benefits may not qualify.

This is when SSI can be the alternative because SSI is based on monthly income rather than work credits. SSI eligibility is based on the amount of monthly income someone makes. As long as the monthly income remains below a certain amount, that person can continue receiving disability benefits.

If your digestive condition limits your level of monthly income or work performance, then you could be eligible for one of these programs. In some cases, people can receive benefits from both programs. Try contacting a Wilmington disability lawyer for more information on how this works. A lawyer might be able to improve your chances of eligibility.


Going through the application process for disability benefits can be confusing at times. Do not hesitate to ask a Delaware disability attorney for guidance when applying for disability benefits. All you have to do is contact Edelstein Martin & Nelson today at (302) 295-5050 for a free consultation about your disability claim. Our legal team might be able to help you increase your chances of receiving disability benefits. We serve clients in Wilmington, DE.

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