Social Security Lawyers Helping Claimants and Beneficiaries in Massachusetts

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that causes pain, nausea, vomiting, difficulty eating, and potentially severe weight loss and pancreatic cancer. The chronic version of this condition, which may result in irreversible tissue damage, disproportionately affects males in their 30s and 40s. The dedicated Social Security attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates have two decades of experience representing claimants from Massachusetts as well as Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Our team has developed the deep reservoir of legal knowledge required to guide you through complex cases, appeals, and medical determinations. Let us explore the details of your situation and present a compelling application on your behalf, or argue for you on appeal if your claim was initially denied.

Pancreatitis and Disability Benefits

You could potentially secure Social Security if you can no longer hold a job as a result of a medical condition that can be expected to extend for a year or more. A claimant also may be eligible if his or her disorder is likely to prove terminal. When evaluating a person’s application, the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically refers to its Listing of Impairments. This manual contains the medical conditions that may prevent an individual from working, which would make him or her eligible to receive disability benefits.

Pancreatitis does not specifically appear in the Listing of Impairments, but one of its sections covers a related issue. This is Section 5.08, which relates to significant weight loss caused by a digestive disorder. It specifies that if this condition causes a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) to drop below 17.5, the individual may be eligible for disability benefits. However, you still may qualify for government assistance even if you are not in this position. Someone who cannot work because of a pancreatic condition can establish this fact through SSA’s residual functional capacity (RFC) evaluation. The RFC assessment investigates what a claimant is able to do in terms of job-related activities.

It is important to apply online, in person, or over the phone for disability benefits as soon as you believe that you may be eligible for them. The process can extend for well over a year. At first, the SSA will evaluate your application in general to make sure that you meet the basic requirements, such as a sufficient period of work. If your claim progresses past this step, it will be sent to your state’s Disability Determination Services office. Its staff will apply a detailed analysis to decide if you should receive government benefits.

You probably will be found to qualify for Social Security assistance if you have been out of work for a year or more and are suffering from one of the conditions described in the Listing of Impairments. In contrast, it is nearly impossible to obtain government benefits if you are holding a job at the time that you file your application with the SSA, unless you are earning only a very small amount of money. However, a large number of claimants fit into neither of those two categories, where the outcome is relatively straightforward. Many conditions cause severe discomfort and dramatically interfere with the ability to work without precisely fitting into the definitions provided by the Listing.

When this happens, you should consult an attorney to help you make a persuasive argument that you can no longer perform your past work, nor are you able to fulfill the duties of any other job that may exist in the nation. This is a challenging test to pass, considering the nearly infinite range of employment sectors in the American economy. Many claimants do establish that they cannot perform any sort of work because of a disability, though, and they therefore can receive government benefits. It is vital to compile a strong record of medical documents and other evidence when you are in this position.

Legal Guidance in Massachusetts for Individuals Seeking Government Benefits

Based in Boston, Kantrovitz & Associates is comprised of lawyers experienced in pursuing claims for government benefits on behalf of Massachusetts residents. Our clients come from Plymouth, Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, and Norfolk Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. If you have questions about whether your pancreatitis qualifies you for disability benefits, we can provide a thorough and nuanced assessment of your situation. Contact us today by calling toll-free at 1-800-367-0871 or using our online form.