Ulcerative Colitis Disability Claims

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and developed ulcers, tiny open sores. The combination of inflammation and ulceration cause abdominal discomfort and a frequent need to empty the colon. This is a disease of the immune system, where the body’s own cells are attacking the food, bacteria and other materials that normally reside in the colon.

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Ulcerative colitis can make it difficult to work, as the pain and discomfort and need to constantly be near a bathroom is chronic. People with this condition experience low energy and fatigue, persistent diarrhea and abdominal pain. Ulcerative colitis is a serious disease and can lead to life-threatening complications. It is not a simple upset stomach that passes, but a chronic disease that can be overwhelming.

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The severity of inflammation varies from person to person and varies over time. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea, often with blood or pus
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Rectal pain
  • Rectal bleeding — passing small amount of blood with stool
  • Urgency to defecate
  • Inability to defecate despite urgency
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Pursuing an Ulcerative Colitis Disability Claim

If you have received a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, it is very important for you and for your disability claim to be seen by a doctor who has experience in this disease. The disability insurance company will question a person whose treatment for this specific condition is not being seen by a specialist.

If your short or long-term claim for disability benefits has been denied, or if the insurance company is asking for what seems like an unreasonable number of documents, you will want to speak with an experienced disability insurance attorney. Call us today at 1-877-LTD-CLAIM (1-877-583-2524). This is too important to risk handling yourself. The disability insurance companies are large and have unlimited resources. Call us today and learn how we can help.

Jason A. Newfield

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Jason A. Newfield

Disability Insurance Attorney