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Diabetes

Can you get Social Security disability benefits for diabetes?

Yes. It depends on a variety of factors, the most important of which is how does your diabetes impact your ability to work or even perform household chores? Your age, education background, and work background are also very relevant to how Social Security will analyze your case. Merely having diabetes is not enough.

 

What does Social Security consider when evaluating my diabetes?

They look to see your blood sugar levels and A1C and whether they are controlled. If your blood sugar is not under control, Social Security will look to why that is the case. Questions the Social Security administration will look at to determine disability are:

  • Are you compliant with your medications?
  • Are you compliant with diet and exercise?
  • Do you drink alcohol?
  • Do you check your sugar as often as your doctors like and do you keep a log of how your number look?

The more compliant you are with your doctor’s orders, the better you will fare before Social Security. Social Security will also consider how your diabetes affects your functioning throughout your body. If you have diabetic neuropathy aka nerve pain in your feet and hands, let your doctors know. Whether your diabetes affects your vision is relevant. As are any side effects of your medications. The time spent treating your diabetes or frequently using the restroom is also relevant as it may speak to your ability to keep good attendance in the workplace and to keep pace with the requirements of your job.

 

How can a lawyer help me win disability benefits for diabetes?

Hiring an experienced Social Security disability lawyer has many benefits from improving your chances of winning to stress reduction and more. Have questions about disability benefits for diabetes? Leave a comment below or contact us for a free consultation!