Social Security Disability For Diverticulitis

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Is Diverticulitis a disability?

Getting diagnosed with physical illness is something that limits you from performing the daily errands. At times, it might also limit you from working. Diverticulitis is one health issue that occurs in the digestive system.


It occurs in small and bulging pouches that form in linings. It happens in the lower part of the patient’s large intestine or even colon. The presence of Diverticulitis is mainly known as diverticulosis.



Diverticulitis can be either mild or severe. Thankfully, patients who have mild situations do not need to consider undergoing surgery. But for severe symptoms of Diverticulitis, no other option is left besides undergoing surgery. Patients who need surgery (and are limited to working anymore) can appeal for social security disability benefits.


While Diverticulitis isn’t listed in the SSA book, meeting similar listing conditions can let the patient appeal for the benefits. An SSD lawyer can help the candidate by solving the nitty-gritty of the paperwork for diverticulitis disability. The lawyer fights for him on the days of the hearing too.


Symptoms & Causes of Diverticulitis


When a patient is diagnosed with small and bulging pouches in the digestive system, it is considered as Diverticulitis. It can cause fever, abdominal pain, nausea, changes in the patient’s bowel habit, and more.


Recurring and severe cases would need surgery. Otherwise, if the patient immediately visits the doctor upon getting unexplained abdominal pain and fever, the chances of surgery decreases.


Given below are the symptoms that patients will likely experience


  • Patients suffer from pain in their belly area, and it gets worse when the patient moves.
  • Patients get fever & chills.
  • Bloating & gas are major symptoms.
  • One can also suffer from diarrhea, nausea, constipation, and vomiting.
  • One would have a loss of appetite with the change in their eating habit.


Patients might suffer from other severe symptoms if they do not see the doctor during the initial days of mild symptoms. When Diverticulitis doesn’t get treated correctly, different complications arise in the patient’s body. Some of the symptoms include:


  1. Bleeding in the rectal
  2. Infection of the abdominal lining that is caused by rupture of the diverticulum (also known as peritonitis)
  3. blockages in the colon or even small intestine
  4. Hole in diverticula or colon (perforations)
  5. Collecting pus in diverticula (abscesses)
  6. Abnormal passageways developing between intestines & other areas (fistulas)


When the doctor recommends surgery, it is followed by serious illness, complications (like peritonitis & perforations). Hospitalization is required.


The treatment depends on the severity and seriousness of the infection. Sometimes, bowel rest (i.e., no solid food) or even bed rest is recommended. Patients require making changes in the diet. Doctors prescribe antibiotics for treating Diverticulitis.


In rare cases, when the severity increases, surgery is suggested for the initial diverticulitis episode. However, if the individual has Diverticulitis’s recurrent episodes, the treatment may need to remove the affected colon area through surgery. And this is where appealing for disability for Diverticulitis might save the patient on financial fronts.


Can you get disability for diverticulitis?


The Blue Book by the SSA omits Diverticulitis as a disability. You can definitely get a disability for Diverticulitis. However, patients who have conditions as per Blue Book’s listings can apply for the disability benefits. Given that, one who meets the symptoms of this disease can qualify for SSD benefits.


Inflammatory bowel disease has multiple symptoms similar to that of Diverticulitis. If the patient suffers from those symptoms, appealing for disability benefits is possible. The disability listing also includes disability for ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease. The symptoms that can help patients get disability benefits include:


  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Peritonitis


Obstructions, peritonitis, and fistulas are the common complications that an IBD patient suffers from. And surgery is often required for such complications. To get disability benefits under IBD, the patient requires the following this:


  1. Two bowel obstructions within the last six months which have required some hospitalization or surgery.
  2. Alternatively, you can also show two following things in the previous six months. Let’s see the two things in details:
  3. Peritonitis with abscess or even fistula (with uncontrollable pain and medication that is occurring twice in the last six months)
  4. Abdominal mass felt on the physical examination (with intractable pain alongside medications that occurs around twice in last six month)
  5. Low serum albumin
  6. need for nutrition through tubes and catheter
  7. severe anemia; or
  8. 10% of weight loss of the entire body weight


Why should you hire an attorney to get SSDI/SSI benefits for Diverticulitis?


  • To get SSDI/SSI benefits For Diverticulitis, professional assistance from a legal associate can help you achieve your success. While success is never free of cost, an attorney plays the role of the savior for you by fighting for your SSD case to drive social security disability benefits for Diverticulitis.
  • Getting diagnosed with Diverticulitis will never lead you to receive SSD benefits directly. A lawyer understands the complicated method to receive SSD benefits, so he works accordingly. He goes the extra mile to get the SSD benefits.
  • Berke Law Firm, P.A. is an experienced disability law firm with rich industry experience. We have handled numerous disability cases, including for Social Security Disability For Diverticulitis. Our attorneys have detailed knowledge about listings of the Blue Book, documents need to prove your disability and all other essentials.
  • We will provide extended legal help until you receive the benefits you deserve for your disability and other loss due to Diverticulitis.


3 commonly asked questions about diverticulitis disability claims


  • Is Diverticulitis is considered a severe disability case?

No, Diverticulitis is not classed as a disability in the SSA book. But if the claimant has other symptoms related to other disability symptoms, then he/she may get the benefits.


  • Can the patient get Diverticulitis after the surgery?

The patient might get back, but this time another surgery might not be required.


  • Will a lawyer help me get diverticulitis disability benefits?

Yes, an SSD lawyer can help you get diverticulitis disability benefits. They have in-depth knowledge about the law and can help you in the application process, documents related assistance, and representing your case in front of the court.