Q: Does Chronic Constipation qualify for SSDI for Child?
My Son has Chronic Constipation and ADHD. We have applied for benefits. Because his ADHD is sort of controlled with medication (he still struggles but makes good grades) I am worried his claim will be denied, despite his frequent health problems due to constipation including 3 hospitalizations in 13 months (2 in last 2 months).
A: Any medical conditions for children can be found to be disabling. However, the medical conditions must result in marked or extreme limitations. Based on the information you provided, two hospitalizations in two months could be extreme if the medical records show that frequent hospitalizations are expected going forward or that the hospitalizations were for more than a couple of days at a time. There is no hard figure on the number of hospitalizations that are frequent enough to be considered disabling.
You mentioned SSDI, but I believe you are looking at SSI which is Supplemental Security Income. This program also has to take into account the parents' income and resources and if it is too high, it does not matter how severe the medical conditions are because your child could not meet the financial requirements.
This information is general nature and you may want to consult with a local attorney.
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