If you cannot keep a job because of Irritable Bowel symptoms, you should call a Disability Lawyer with the Highest A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Call an experienced Top Disability Lawyer for a Free Consultation for your best chance to win your Irritable Bowel Social Security Disability or SSI claim.
Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Considered a Disability?
Ironically, most Claimants assume that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) does not provide the basis for a Social Security Disability or SSI claim. To the contrary, I have won many Irritable Bowel SSD and SSI disability claims.
Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome disable one from working?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is often overlooked as a basis for winning Social Security Disability benefits. People simply don’t like to talk about their diarrhea and bathroom habits even though their symptoms can limit daily activities and ability to work. Consequently, potential Claimants call my office and report other conditions but neglect to report painful constipation and persistent diarrhea.
When a potential disability client calls reporting minor physical or mental symptoms with a history of job terminations, red flags should go up. When this happens, I always inquire about their bathroom habits. I often learn that they spent large amounts of time on their jobs in the bathroom which often caused work failure. If you are in the bathroom and not at your work station, you are not doing your job. Not surprisingly, job termination is inevitable.
So, yes, you can win your disability case with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with the right Disability Lawyer. But, you need to prove how work interruptions would be significant and/or you would suffer excessive absenteeism during a work attempt.
How Can a Lawyer Prove an Irritable Bowel Disability Case?
That is a very good question and illustrates the problem with these cases. How do you prove disability from IBS? It isn’t easy. This is why many Claimants who call me were turned down by other Disability firms.
Can You Meet an Impairment Listing with IBS?
If you meet an impairment Listing, you win. But, there is no Listing that specifically applies to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Even if you don’t meet a Listing, however, you still might be disabled from all work due to IBS symptoms. You should call for a Free Consultation and you should discuss this with a qualified Disability SSDI SSI Lawyer. Also, there are other Digestive disorders that the Listings do apply to that need to be explored such as:
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging requiring blood tranfusion;
- Chronic Liver Disease;
- Short bowel syndrome;
- Weight loss due to any digestive disorder;
You can learn more about Digestive System Impairment Listings by visiting the Social Security site here.
If There are no Listings for IBS, How Can I win?
There is no question that it is difficult to prove an Irritable Bowel Disability Case. That is why it is crucial to call a Disability or SSI Lawyer experienced in the handling of IBS cases and knowledgeable regarding IBS symptoms.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome can significantly limit work and daily activities. It can make simple activities like grocery shopping impossible at times. Imagine having a diarrhea episode in the middle of grocery shopping. Symptoms sometime even make it impossible to leave the house. Understandably, this would cause attendance problems and possible job termination.
What are Common Irritable Bowel Symptoms?
The Mayo Clinic recognizes there are generally 3 types of Irritable Bowel cases:
- Constipation predominant;
- Diarrhea predominant; or
The Mayo Clinic also lists common IBS symptoms including:
- Abdominal pain;
- Excess Gas;
- Mucous in stool;
A vocational expert who is an expert on jobs will testify at your hearing as to what jobs you are capable of performing. The Disability Judge called an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will tell the Vocational Expert to assume certain limitations. Your disability decision may hinge upon the testimony of the Vocational Expert hired by SSA to testify against you.
How Does Irritable Bowel Cause Work Disability?
One limitation caused by IBS may include the need to take unscheduled lengthy bathroom breaks. Frequent and lengthy bathroom breaks cause disruptions in your job performance. When the bathroom breaks interfere with your job performance too much, you simply cannot perform your job. Consequently, job termination is inevitable under the circumstances.
Many people with IBS keep going through this never-ending job failure cycle. That is when they need to call a Disability Lawyer well familiar with Irritable Bowel Disorder for a Free Consultation.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients often cannot leave the house because of painful constipation or uncontrollable diarrhea. If you need to be absent a certain number of days per month, the Vocational Expert at your hearing will typically state that there are no jobs that you can perform.
As a Disability Lawyer who has crossed examined well over a thousand Vocational Experts, I can accurately predict how they will testify. When questioned as to bathroom breaks, some Vocational Experts like to say 4 to 5 bathroom visits will not prevent work. Some will say 10 or more bathroom visits per work day will prevent work. Some will focus on the amount of bathroom visits with amount of time spent for each visit. The more time you need to be in the bathroom, the less time you are able to work.
What Kind of Proof Do I Need to Win Disability Caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
As stated before, these cases are very difficult to prove. There are several methods of proof available however. You and your Disability Lawyer must make use of all available evidence to prove Disability from IBS.
Use Past Work Failures to Prove Disability From Irritable Bowel
Many Claimants have a history of job termination after brief work attempts due to excessive bathroom breaks. A top IBS Disability Lawyer can obtain attendance records from former employers to show frequent absences caused by IBS. Sometimes letters from past former co-employees can be enlightening regarding your frequent bathroom breaks and resulting work failures.
Keep A Diary Regarding IBS Symptoms
Make a record of how many days you were unable to leave the house. Keep track of how many bowel movements you have per day. Keep track of how much time you have to spend in the bathroom on average. If you have accidents, keep track of how often you have them and how long it takes to clean up. Do you have to take a change of clothes with you anytime you leave the house?
A log or diary of such information can help you remember when you need to discuss your symptoms. This can help you later when discussing your IBS with a doctor or even a Social Security Attorney or Judge.
Use Medical Records to Prove Disability from IBS
Unfortunately, many medical records are deficient when it comes to IBS. This is not always the fault of your doctor however. Often IBS patients do not want to even discuss their embarrassing Irritable Bowel Symptoms. They may mention it to their physicians at first but stop talking about it later when nothing seems to help. Consequently, their medical records are silent regarding IBS. This likely will result in an unfavorable disability decision. You must have medical records to support your claim.
Failure to discuss your IBS symptoms with your doctor is a huge mistake. You have to discuss your IBS symptoms with your doctors if you want the best medical care. This will inform your doctor as to the true severity of your condition. This may warn your doctor that you need certain tests. You could have a more serious condition that needs immediate attention. Since your doctors will keep a record of what you tell them, you will have this evidence in your medical records to help prove your disability case.
Medical records will note IBS treatment including medication and their effects upon your symptoms. Lack of any IBS treatment or medications make it more difficult to prove disability.
Choose Your IBS Doctor Wisely
Some doctors will see you for your IBS but not do anything for you after medications have failed to improve symptoms. Make sure you are seeing a doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal and IBS symptoms. Your problem may be too foreign or advanced for a general practitioner or primary care physician. You’ll typically receive better care from an Irritable Bowel specialist. Likewise, a Social Security Judge will likely give more favorable weight to opinions from specialists.
Why Call Social Security Professionals for your Irritable Bowel Disability SSD SSI Claim?
First, you will only speak with an A+ rated Disability Lawyer at Social Security Professionals. We will not route you to a secretary or paralegal who has never been to a Social Security Disability hearing.
The Attorney you speak with will be your attorney from application to hearing. We will not bounce you around from attorney to attorney. Nor will we give you to an inexperienced attorney fresh out of law school. Your IBS Disability Lawyer will have over 30 years experience fighting and winning SSD and SSI claims.
You will need no money to hire me. My fee is a small percentage of past due benefits only if you win. There is absolutely no fee if you lose.
Call today for a Free Consultation with a Top Irritable Bowel Disability Lawyer with the Highest A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. FREE CONSULTATION – (248) 549-3485 – Attorney Donald Peters.