While controlled diabetes should not keep you from working, participating in sports, or participating in any of your normal daily activities, it is a protected disability. However, if you are in need of collecting Social Security disability benefits based on diabetes, you will probably need the assistance of an experienced disability attorney to have your claim awarded. Diabetes alone is no longer an automatic reason to receive the benefits. The lawyer will contact your physician, and possibly an endocrinologist, to ask for documentation to be used in presenting your case. Here are a few of the ways diabetics may qualify for SSDI.
Many diabetics suffer with some type of neuropathy in their feet or hands. If your physician shows that you have limited ability to stand, walk, type, or write due to the loss of feeling or pain, you may qualify for disability benefits.
Uncontrolled diabetes may result in the damage of the blood vessels in your eyes. This may cause blurred vision or poor peripheral vision. When this creates problems working in any capacity, you may qualify for benefits. You will need to have an ophthalmologist fill out paperwork detailing the extent and severity of your vision problems. You must be considered legally blind to qualify.
If you cannot qualify because you do not have any complication, you may still receive benefits based on your physical limitations. Your attorney will ask your physician to fill out a "Residual Functional Capacity Assessment." This form will detail how much exertion you can exert safely. It will also explain to what extent you have problems moving, sitting, writing, or doing the tasks required in your job. Your lawyer will then document what type or how much work you are capable of doing without being in pain or putting your health at risk.
You may not receive full benefits, and you may need to continue to work part time to meet your living expenses. An attorney can help you to understand how much money you will receive based on your limitations or restrictions and how much money you can make each month before losing your benefits. Claiming disability for diabetes is a tough process that can take a long time before you start receiving anything. If you are denied, your attorney may suggest that you file again. Do not be discouraged, and follow the advice your legal representative gives you. It is not uncommon to have to file more than once, and an experienced disability attorney, such as Bruce K Billman, will know how to best proceed each step of the way.