Social Security Disability Benefits and Polycistic Kidney Disease | Tampa Social Security Lawyer

You may eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if you suffer from Polycistic Kidney Disease (PKD). PKD is a genetic disorder passed down through families. Unfortunately in PKD the kidneys are one of the most severely affected organs, but it also can cause cysts to develop in other parts of your body.

It is also a common life threatening disease.

If you or any of your family members suffer from PKD and are unable to work you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

At the law firm of Cavey and Barrett, we handle PKD cases and represent individuals who are seeking the payment of Social Security Disability benefits. If you have questions regarding your entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits as a result of PKD disease or your Social Security Disability for PKD has been denied, contact the Law Offices of Cavey and Barrett for a free, no obligation consultation.

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Listing of Impairments – Irritable Bowel Disease | Sarasota County Social Security DIsability Attorney

What is irritable bowel disease? Let’s start with the basics.

The digestive system includes your stomach, large and small intestines, and rectum. Its job is to digest the foods, turn the food into nutrients, and absorb these nutrients into the bloodstream to fuel our bodies.

It’s estimated that up to 1 million Americans have inflammatory bowel disease.

As an article found at points out “inflammatory bowel disease (which is not the same thing as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS) refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.”

Although “the diseases have some features in common, there are some important differences. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the large intestine, also called the colon. In ulcerative colitis, the inner lining – or mucosa – of the intestine becomes inflamed (meaning the lining of the intestinal wall reddens and swells) and develops ulcers (an ulcer is a sore, which means it’s an open, painful wound). Ulcerative colitis is often the most severe in the rectal area, which can cause frequent diarrhea. Mucus and blood often appear in the stool (feces or poop) if the lining of the colon is damaged.

Crohn’s disease differs from ulcerative colitis in the areas of the bowel it involves – it most commonly affects the last part of the small intestine (called the terminal ileum) and parts of the large intestine. However, Crohn’s disease isn’t limited to these areas and can attack any part of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation that extends much deeper into the layers of the intestinal wall than ulcerative colitis does. Crohn’s disease generally tends to involve the entire bowel wall, whereas ulcerative colitis affects only the lining of the bowel.”

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can include recurrent abdominal pain, diarrhea, alternating periods of constipation.

It can prevent you from steady work and recreational or social activities. It also can cause a significant amount of emotional stress and anxiety. It can be the basis for an award of Social Security disability benefits.

If your irritable bowel disease does not need a Listing under Section 5, Digestive System Impairments, it is important that your physician complete the appropriate residual functional capacity questionnaire for your disease process. You must fully develop the medical evidence about your disease, its complications, your treatment, and its impact on your ability to function on a daily basis.

You can view the listing by clicking here:

Cavey and Barrett, experienced Social Security Disability attorneys in Tampa Bay, can help you with your social security disability application for irritable bowel disease.

Listing of impairments – Ulcerative Colitis | Pinellas County Social Security Disability Lawyer

The Social Security Administration recognizes ulcerative colitis as a listed condition under listing 5.06, Digestive system impairments. Click here for the  listing

Ulcerative colitis is a inflammation and ulceration of large intestine which causes thickening and scarring of the colon. You colon cannot properly taking excess fluid from your feces. Complications can include abscesses around the anus, cancer, and colon rupture.

The Mayo Clinic has a great article on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of ulcerative colitis that can be found at

Listing of Impairments 5.06 requires a diagnosis of by endoscropy, barium enema, biopsy or operative findings. You must also have;

A. Recurrent bloody stools documented on repeated examinations and anemia manifested by hematocrit of 30% or less on repeated examinations;

B. Persistent or recurrent systemic manifestations, such as arthritis, iritis, fever, or liver dysfunction, not attributable to other causes;

C. Intermittent obstruction due to intractable abscess, fistula formation, or stenosis; or

D. Recurrence of A,B,C after total colectomy; or

E. Weight Loss as described in Listing 5.08.

If you don’t need a listing for ulcerative colitis, you will need to develop the medical evidence of your exertional and non-exertional impairments by having your physician complete a Residual Functional Capacity form.

Social Security Disability Benefits can be won with the proper medical evidence. Cavey and Barrett, St. Petersburg, Florida social security disability attorneys can help you with you social security disability application.

Listing of Impairments – Chronic Active Hepatitis | Pasco County Social Security Disability Attorney

According to an article from Wikedpedia, hepatitis is an injury to the liver characterized by presence inflammatory cells in the liver which can progress to scarring of the liver. It is acute when it lasts less than 6 months and chronic when it persists longer. A group of viruses known as the hepatitis viruses cause most cases of liver damage. Hepatitis can also be due to toxins (notably alcohol), other infections or from autoimmue process. You can become symtomatic when the disease impairs liver functions that include, among other things, screening of harmful substances, regulation of blood composition, and production of bile to help digestion.

The Social Security Administration requires that you meet very stringent medical requirements to meet a Listing 5.05. More often than not, we will ask your physician to complete a Residual Functional Capacity form Chronic Active Hepatitis that will document your physical findings. Explain your diagnostic studies including the results of your liver biopsy and the results of your blood-work.

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Just as important are your physical capabilities and the problems that you have functioning every day. These can include fatigue, fuzziness, and  problems concentrating at the side effects of your medication. You can win a claim for Social Security disability benefits for chronic active hepatitis with the help of your treating physician and documentation of the problems you have functioning.

Contact Florida social security disability attorneys, Cavey and Barrett, for more information about a social security disability application for chronic active hepatitis.

Listing of Impairments – Liver Transplant | Spring Hill Social Security Disability Lawyer

You can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits as a result of a liver transplant under Listing 5.09. To win your claim you will have to show that you would be considered under great disability for 12 months after the date of your surgery.

Your residual impairment will be evaluated. If your claim is granted, you can expect reevaluated by Social Security within 12 to 24 months.

Listing 5.09 can be viewed here

If you have  any questions about a social security disability application for a liver transplant, please contact social security disability attorneys, Cavey and Barrett at

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