Diabetes, or Diabetes Mellitus, is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a qualifying condition for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, the SSA evaluates each case individually to determine whether or not the effects of the diabetes or the diabetes treatments would preclude you from doing any kind of work for a period of at least twelve months.
In the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security manual (also known as the Blue Book), The Social Security Administration classifies diabetes as a Endocrine System Disorder. When evaluating individual cases, they consider a number of factors including:
- Neuropathy (demonstrated by significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in extremities resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station).
- Acidosis (occuring at least on the average of once every two months documented by appropriate blood chemical tests)
- Visual impairment (retinitis proliferans)
At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced in handling social security disability claims related to diabetes. We also have experience in cases related to other endocrine system disorder including but not limited to thyroid disorders, hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism. We understand what the SSA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.
We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.