Is Crohn's Disease an Automatic Disability by Law?

Updated June 13, 2017

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. The swelling and inflammation of the intestines cause pain and diarrhoea. Medication and diet control Crohn's disease in some patients, while others require surgery.

Legal Disabilities

There are no laws about what conditions are and are not considered disabilities. Social Security has certain rules about what conditions are eligible for disability benefits and short-term disability insurance policies all have their own rules.

How Disabling Is Crohn's Disease?

Symptoms vary in severity from person to person. Some have minimal pain and occasional diarrhoea while others have frequent severe pain and regularly have diarrhoea.

Short-Term Disability Insurance

Short-term disability insurance policies provide coverage for people that are temporarily disabled by a medical problem, including Crohn's disease. The guidelines vary from policy to policy, though.

Social Security

If your Crohn's disease prevents you from working and your doctor says you will be unable to work for at least one year, you can apply for Social Security disability. Most people with Crohn's disease are able to work, however.

The Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Most people with Crohn's disease will not require workplace accommodations, but if you need some sort of accommodations you should talk to your employer about your needs.

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About the Author

Kelly Morris has been making a living as a writer since 2004. She attended the College of Mount St. Joseph with a major in social work and minor in women's studies. Her work has appeared in a number of print publications including Caregivers Home Companion, Midwifery Today and Guide.