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Ulcerative colitis: always serious, sometimes life-threatening

| Jun 14, 2021 | Long Term Disability Claim Denial

Ulcerative colitis is a medical term used to spotlight a disabling condition that is perhaps unknown to many Americans.

That lack of familiarity does not mean that ulcerative colitis is a rarely experienced malady though. A Cleveland Clinic website addressing the condition comments on its rather routine occurrence in the general public. The clinic notes that, “Together with Crohn’s disease, another type of inflammatory bowel disease, it affects an estimated 1.3% of people in America.”

As a disabling medical condition, ulcerative colitis can be hard to manage and live with. It is marked by persistent irritation and often open sores representing as ulcers in the colon.

Ulcerative colitis is a condition that lasts for a lifetime.  According to the Cleveland Clinic, some people experience symptoms that  “come and go,” coupled with relatively minor episodes that can be effectively handled without life-changing ramifications.

That outcome is not universal, though. Some sufferers develop ulcerative colitis in “a nonstop form that rapidly advances” and can have severely debilitating effects.

When ulcerative colitis so severe that it is disabling, it is common for an insurer to deny or terminate long term disability claims.

Challenges to a disability claim can arise because, as the clinic notes, the condition “is complex and involves many factors.” Moreover, a diagnosis must take into account and rule out a variety of other conditions.

This blog has underscored in prior posts that many persons across the country experience a wrongful denial or termination of disability benefits. They can take a sound and proactive approach at such a time by enlisting help from a proven and results-oriented disability law legal team.