Disabling conditions show themselves in different ways. Even if some Florida residents are diagnosed with the same condition, the severity of the condition and the symptoms it presents can differ from case to case. As a result, someone with ulcerative colitis could have the ability to go to work without much disruption from their condition, but someone else may not be able to work due to the severity of the symptoms experienced.
If someone cannot work due to UC, it may be possible for that individual to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The Social Security Administration has a section for evaluating disabilities that relate to inflammatory bowel diseases, which UC can be categorized as. However, the evaluation will look at the specific circumstances, and a denial is possible. If UC is accompanied by another qualifying condition, like short bowel syndrome, the chances of approval may increase.
Unfortunately, UC can cause any of the following symptoms to a severe enough degree that a person reasonably cannot work:
- Persistent diarrhea
- Sudden and urgent bowel movements
- Unintentional weight loss
- Abdominal pain
Of course, anyone with ulcerative colitis knows that the symptoms do not end there, and also knows just how much the condition can affect every aspect of life. If Florida residents with this or other inflammatory bowel diseases believe that they have reason to pursue SSDI, it may be worthwhile to submit an application with supporting evidence. In the event that an application is denied initially, individuals may be able to appeal that decision and continue working toward the benefits they need.