Can I Get Disability Benefits for Diabetes?
If you have diabetes and can’t work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, if you can’t work, you can apply for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Winning disability benefits when you have diabetes can be difficult, but success if possible. On its own, having diabetes is not guaranteed to win you benefits, you must prove you have complication from your diabetes that prevents you from working.
Whether your have type 1 or type diabetes, make sure you’re following your doctor’s treatment plan. If you don’t you won’t be eligible for benefits.
Symptoms of Adult Diabetes and Social Security Disability Benefits
The SSA does not consider a diagnosis of diabetes alone enough to qualify for benefits. You must show that you have symptoms that prevent you from working. Some of the complications from diabetes include:
- high blood pressure (hypertension)
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- eye and vision problems
- nerve damage (especially in the hands and feet)
- skin infections
If you suffer from complications from diabetes and can no longer work, you will most likely have a stronger case to present to the SSA. It’s very important that you follow all of your doctor’s orders for treatment. If you don’t, it can hurt your claim for benefits.
If Your Diabetes Stops You From Working, You Should Apply
No matter the severity of your diabetes – and whether it’s type 1 or type 2 – you must prove to the SSA that you can’t work because of your condition(s). It’s important to have a history of medical records from any doctors or medical specialists that treat your diabetes.
The more evidence you have, the easier it is to paint a clear picture of how your condition limits you when you present it to the SSA.
If you’re denied after you apply, it’s still possible to win benefits if you have diabetes. Most people who apply on the first try are denied. You may want to consider working with a disability lawyer like one from Nash Disability Law for help proving your diabetes claim. We help people in the Chicago area with diabetes get disability benefits. Whether you need to apply or appeal a denial, we want to help.
Fighting to Win Benefits if You Have Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious condition that requires various methods of medical treatment. If you’re struggling to manage your condition and can no longer work, you should consider applying for disability benefits. Or, if you did apply and were denied, you should consider appealing.
Wherever you are in the process of getting disability benefits for your diabetes, we can help. We know all the complications involved with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Let us help you through the complicated process to get disability benefits.
If you have diabetes and can no longer work, call us at 312-443-0900 to get started with a free evaluation of your case.