Can I Receive SSDI as a Result of Diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious health issue that affects millions of people across the country. It is also an illness that many believe is covered under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This may or may not be the case, depending on the situation. There are some circumstances where diabetes can lead to SSDI benefits. There are also some circumstances, such as controlled diabetes, where an applicant might be denied SSDI benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Today, we will examine how you can qualify for SSDI benefits as a result of diabetes.
How Diabetes Can Qualify for SSDI
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, or have suffered from diabetes for quite some time, it may be possible to qualify for SSDI benefits. The main requirement to receive benefits is that the diabetes is uncontrolled, and it has kept you from working for at least the last 12 months prior to filing your claim or you think you won’t be able to work for the next 12 months.
In order to receive SSDI benefits, you will need to suffer severe complications from diabetes that have prevented you from performing your job duties. You also might need to fall under the requirements of the SSA’s disability listings. Just know that if you fail to follow your doctor’s treatment orders, leading to uncontrolled diabetes, your claim for benefits will likely be denied.
How to Meet the Disability Listing Requirements for Diabetes
The SSA publishes a list of all the impairments that can help people qualify for their benefits. This is what is known as the SSA Blue Book. The Blue Book explains how severe the impairment must be in order to qualify for the benefits offered.
Diabetes is no longer listed as a separate disability in the Blue Book, which means that simply showing you have diabetes will not help you qualify for SSDI benefits. You could wind up being approved for benefits if you have complications from diabetes that fall under one of the SSA’s listings.
Some of the most common listings that include complications from diabetes include:
- Diabetic nephropathy: When the kidneys no longer operate properly, you will require daily dialysis treatments. This is listing 6.06 in the Blue Book that often leads to the approval of disability benefits.
- Bacterial infections: If you suffer from ulcerating skin lesions that are present for three months or more, even with treatment, you will likely receive benefits from the SSA. These lesions often make it difficult to wash your hands or walk.
- Diabetic retinopathy: if you suffer from poor visual acuity or blurred vision, you will be able to qualify for benefits under this listing. If you underwent surgery to repair your central vision and now have poor peripheral vision, you will qualify for benefits under this listing.
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathies: The majority of patients suffering from diabetes will also experience some type of nerve damage in their feet, hands, legs, or arms. For you to receive benefits using this listing, you will need to show that the nerve damage has caused serious problems with your ability to walk, stand, or use your hands for skilled labor.
- Extremity amputation: If you suffered from poor circulation or nerve damage due to diabetes and had an extremity amputated as a result, you will qualify for SSDI benefits under this listing.
- Cardiovascular problems: Coronary artery disease is a side effect of diabetes. So is chronic heart failure, an irregular heartbeat, and peripheral vascular disease. If you suffer from any of these side effects, you will be able to qualify for SSDI benefits under this listing.
The Limits of Your Diabetes
Diabetes can be very limiting, especially if you do not fall under any of the listings from the Blue Book in the previous section. If this is the case, the SSA will conduct a residual functional capacity (RFC) evaluation of your health to determine how limited your ability to work is due to your diabetes.
Speak with an Experienced Attorney Today
Has your benefits claim been denied by the SSA because of your diabetes? Do you need help filing a claim under one of the listings mentioned in this post? If so, it’s time to call the Walton Law, LLC in Mobile, Alabama today at 251-455-5819 to schedule an appointment with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.