Weight Loss Due to Any Digestive Disorder
People who have undergone involuntary weight loss as the result of a digestive disorder may be eligible to claim disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. However, in order to be considered for these benefits, applicants must be able to prove that their medical condition has and will continue to prevent them from maintaining gainful employment. Though you are likely to be eligible for these benefits as long as you can prove your medical and financial need, it will be in your best interest to work with an attorney to complete what can be an exceedingly complicated process of application.
If you or someone you love has undergone involuntary weight loss due to any digestive disorder, the Indiana attorneys from Hankey Marks & Crider can help you work through the application process for these benefits. Once you are ready to move forward with your claim, our attorneys can evaluate your claim and then determine what documentation you will need to prove your medical and financial need to the SSA.
Supporting Your Claim with Medical Documentation
Before you file your claim, you will need to gather medical documentation that proves that you meet the SSA’s requirements for this condition. More specifically, you will need to prove that you have lost weight despite the prescribed treatment plan you have undergone for your digestive disorder. Additionally, you will need documentation to prove that you were medically evaluated to have had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 17.50 on two separate occasions that were at least 60 days apart and are within consecutive six month periods.
Determining Whether You Have Enough Work History to Qualify
In order to determine your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will need to determine whether you have earned enough work credits during the course of your employment. A single work credit reflects a dollar amount of income specified by the SSA each and every year—for instance, a Social Security work credit in 2016 is defined as $1,260 of income. Workers can only earn a maximum of four work credits every year. The actual number of credits that you will need to be eligible for SSD benefits will be dependent on your age and the number of years you have worked—for instance, workers that become disabled when they are 50 years old will need 28 work credits to be eligible for SSD benefits.
Consult with a Digestive System Disorder Attorney in Indiana
If you have undergone involuntary weight loss due to any digestive system disorder, the Indiana digestive disorder attorneys with Hankey Marks & Crider can help you determine what benefits you may be able to claim. Once we know more about you and your claim, our firm can put our more than 75 years of combined experience to work for you through each and every step of the claims process. To speak with one of our lawyers about the particulars of your claim, please call our offices at (317) 634-8565 today.