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Want to Improve Your Chances for Disability Benefits Approval?

If you have ulcerative colitis, your symptoms— abdominal pain and cramping, fatigue and more—might be constant, or they might vary from day to day.

If you’re experiencing symptoms severe enough to prevent you from working, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits were designed to help you keep going financially. The monthly checks also help pay your bills, buy groceries and other necessities.

In addition to income support, qualifying for SSD benefits means you become eligible for Medicare health insurance. (It starts two years after the date Social Security decides your disability officially began—but by the time you receive your approval, your wait could be shorter.)

If ulcerative colitis symptoms are making it impossible for you to work, you need someone like disability lawyer Baynetta Jordan on your side.

Ulcerative colitis can be tricky in a disability benefits application. It’s a chronic condition that can’t be cured, but in some people symptoms can be managed by medication or dietary adjustments. You must prove you’re unable to work all the time.

When you’re facing a thorny process, Baynetta Jordan is proud to help in Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, Planview, Levelland and all of West Texas—we make sure Nobody Pushes West Texas Around™.

If you’re struggling with ulcerative colitis and need disability benefits, call us now to get started. We can help you at any point in the process.

Woman with Ulcerative Colitis

One Key to Qualifying for Disability Benefits: Showing Severe Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel condition. It’s included in Social Security’s listing of impairments that could qualify you for disability benefits.

The Social Security guidelines for ulcerative colitis give you a place to start building your application for disability benefits. The Mayo Clinic discusses several signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis that could be part of a disability benefits claim:

  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Rectal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Most people with ulcerative colitis have mild to moderate symptoms. The course of the disease can vary, and some people might have long periods of remission when they have no symptoms at all.

For a Social Security Disability case, you’ll need to show that your ulcerative colitis will leave you almost completely unable to work for at least a year.

If you have moderate to severe symptoms that prevent you from working, disability attorney Baynetta Jordan and our disability law firm can help.

We know you have a lot on your shoulders right now, dealing with illness and being out of work. We can answer any questions you have and let you know the best way forward. We’ll even evaluate your case for free.

Woman experiencing pain with Ulcerative Colitis

How to Prove Your Disability Claim for Ulcerative Colitis

Social Security looks at several points when evaluating your eligibility for disability benefits. It will consider you to have a disability for the purposes of winning benefits if:

  1. You’re unable to work and earn more than a minimum amount.
  2. Your condition is severe enough that it significantly limits your ability to do basic work-related activities for at least 12 months.
  3. Your condition is in Social Security’s list of impairments, or it matches impairments on the list in the way it limits your daily life.
  4. You can neither do the work you did before or switch to other work when factoring in your health and qualifications.

Social Security won’t just take your word for it.

You’ll need to gather and present evidence to support every issue you report, including medical evidence (such as copies of medical records, doctors’ reports and recent test results).

These records should include your diagnosis, treatment details, when your symptoms started, and how exactly your condition interferes with your ability to work.

Social Security provides no guarantee that it will approve your application for disability benefits. It is extremely common to be denied for Social Security Disability.

That doesn’t mean you should give up.

The appeals process features multiple steps at which you could win. And having a Social Security Disability lawyer can help. In fact, a Government Accountability Office study found that applicants are almost three times more likely to win benefits at an appeal hearing if they hire representation.

Don’t take a chance when it comes to your future.

Baynetta Johnson knows the system. She knows how to avoid common mistakes. She’s helped thousands of people win benefits all over West Texas.

Let Baynetta and her experienced disability legal team handle the legwork for you. You focus on feeling your best.