Going out of work on Disability

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   Posted 1/17/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know\?  Is it just a "given" if you have Crohn's, Arthritis, chronic kidney stones-  When you ask & fill out proper paper work for medical/disability leave from your employer (not through SS disability) do you get it?  Do most Drs. certify it for you?  or do you have to be in flare??

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   Posted 1/17/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never heard of anyone in remission with CD going on disability unless there are other issues going on. I cannot see anyone getting disability while they are well though.
If you get very sick or are sick frequently and cannot commit to work on a regular basis then disability is probably the best choice.
Yes your doctor should be on board with this, since he'll have to fill out paperwork.
Best wishes!

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   Posted 1/17/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Whether you use short term or long term disability your dr must fill out his portion of the paperwork and state you are unable to work due to your condition. If you are not having any problems then its very doubtful that your dr will take you off of work.


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   Posted 1/17/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally concur with both posters about this
Your doc definitely has to be onboard for you

I wish you all the best


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   Posted 1/17/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Be aware that the approval process is long and slow.  Not as bad as SS disability, which can take years.  But you should be prepared to support yourself for at least a couple of months while the insurance company drags its feet.  I'm currently on long term disability.  It took my insurance company 2 full months to approve the short term and 3 months to approve the long term.  Between the two, I've had 14 weeks out of the last 6 months where I had no money coming in at all.  I will eventually get back pay for all that time, but in the meantime I've drained a lot of my savings.  And disability doesn't pay 100% of your salary.  Plans vary, but I get 60%.  So you also need to be prepared financially to take a pretty steep pay cut.

I'm not saying this to discourage you.  If you can't work you need to apply for disability.  But you do need to be prepared for the financial impact.  Good luck to you.

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   Posted 1/18/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been off work since November and It took around 6 weeks for them to approve and give me my first payment but e.i. disability only lasts 5 weeks here. If I need longer...I have to renew my claim and hope they approve it. Ive had my job for 10 years and e.i. reqiures a certain amount of hours worked for me to qualify. I think its 600 hours and it pays 55% of my income. My doctor gave me an "off work" note. I live in Vancouver, Canada. I was off last year as well.
I am 34rs. old mother or 2 wonderful kids. I have crohn's colitis. I am on Imuran, pred., and am starting remicade. My 18 yr. old son has just been diagnosed with crohn's too.

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