Disability Benefits for Celiac DiseaseBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 1, 2015 | In Disability Insurance
Gluten-free diets have become all the rage here in Los Angeles, but many people who try to avoid gluten aren’t actually allergic to it. They’re simply avoiding gluten in an attempt to eat healthier. People who are allergic to gluten have celiac disease and experience a wide range of painful symptoms whenever they eat food containing gluten. Some suffer so much from celiac disease that it prevents them from working.
Common symptoms of celiac disease include:
- Bone loss
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Canker sores
Someone diagnosed with celiac disease can lessen their symptoms by starting a gluten-free diet. Many are able to beat celiac disease by changing their diet.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits to individuals who are too injured, sick or disabled to work. Someone experiencing the worst possible symptoms related to celiac disease will certainly struggle to work, but not all sufferers are able to obtain disability benefits. The SSA requires applicants to be unable to work for at least a year. Since someone with celiac disease can return to normal by adjusting their diet, they typically don’t have to miss work for a full year.
However, it is common for people with numerous symptoms to go undiagnosed for celiac disease. If they go for a year without proper diagnosis, they may be able to pursue and receive support for their time away from work. It’s even possible to get compensation for the time away from work if you missed over a year.
Since celiac disease is not among the listing of impairments contained within the disability blue book, applicants must prove that their symptoms prevent them from working. You’ll need a medical professional to help you prove that your celiac disease keeps you from earning a living wage. A medical statement to the SSA from your doctor will be needed to explain your limitations. It may also help to show that you have weight loss due to a digestive disorder or inflammatory bowel disease.
A Los Angeles SSD attorney can help you get the medical proof you need to receive disability benefits. If you are ill and unable to work, contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office for the legal guidance to make sure you receive the benefits you need. We can be reached at (800) 438-7734.