Patients with necrotizing colitis may be unable to work because of their disease and its related complications. Patients who find themselves unable to work because of their necrotizing colitis may qualify for long term disability (LTD) benefits. The insurance company will review their claim to see if they qualify under the conditions of that plan.
What is Necrotizing Colitis?
The colon consists of the large intestine, anus and rectum. The gastrointestinal tract runs from the mouth to the anus as part of the body’s waste disposal system. The colon’s job is to dispose of feces using over 60 different kinds of bacteria to do so. Necrotizing colitis, or pseudomembranous colitis, is a very specific disease that produces too much of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile, causing infection. This bacteria creates a toxin that inflames the lining of the colon when released, allowing an overgrowth that may cause bleeding in the colon.
The most recognized factor in receiving this illness is the use of antibiotics like ampicillin, clindamycin, fluoroquinolones, and cephalosporins. These antibiotics seem to further the bacterial overgrowth. The disease can also be caused by recent surgery or simply old age. It is common for people in the hospital to become inflicted due to the passing of bacteria between patients. The typical signs of necrotizing colitis include dehydration, nausea, mild or severe abdominal cramps, strong urge to have a bowel movement, and the passing of stools that are bloody or contain pus or mucus. Those suffering also often have watery diarrhea between 5 and 10 times a day.
Untreated necrotizing colitis can cause a hole in the colon to appear, which can cause severe complications. In most cases, the symptoms can dissipate with a halting of antibiotics that may have caused the illness, as well as the taking of other medication, typically metronidazole. A colonoscopy is usually required to diagnose necrotizing colitis.
Qualifying for Long Term Disability with Necrotizing Colitis
Working with an experienced disability attorney will give you the best chance of getting the benefits you deserve for your necrotizing colitis. Even if you have been denied benefits, that does not mean your fight is over. Many people are denied benefits the first time they apply. You have the right to file an appeal and try to get more information that may help your case. Getting expert help is often the difference between being denied and being approved for benefits.
While the process can be daunting, your experienced disability attorney will be able to guide you through the process. They do not get paid until you win your case. You can seek help without worrying about upfront costs or unexpected bills.
The Ortiz Law Firm has successfully represented people in disability cases across the United States. If you would like to talk to an experienced disability lawyer about your necrotizing colitis and its impact on your ability to work, call us at (888) 321-8131. We would be happy to evaluate your case and to discuss how to help you through the appeal process.