Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ileocolic Resection

Ileocolic Resection is the removal of the end of the small bowel and beginning of the colon with the two ends being joined back together. It can be required for a variety of reasons, including Crohn’s Disease.

I have a client whose ileocolic resection left her with chronic diarrhea that would occur without warning. As a result, the claimant said she needed constant bathroom access, which her gastroenterologist confirmed. Furthermore, her gastroenterologist stated that the claimant would need half hour bathroom breaks multiple times a day at work, and that her condition would cause her to miss more than three days of work each month.

The claimant’s application for Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits was approved today without a hearing. It is somewhat unusual for a claimant with a “non-exertional” impairment to have an SSD application approved without a hearing. A non-exertional impairment is one that does not affect the person’s ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, or pull.

A case involving a non-exertional impairment is more difficult to establish than an exertional impairment that affects a person’s strength, that is, the person’s ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, or pull. Sometimes it may be necessary to obtain a vocational assessment to establish disability based upon a non-exertional impairment.

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, even though you have no problem sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling, then you would be well advised to consult with an attorney experienced in handling disability matters.

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