Diabetes is a life-altering health issue the Center for Disease Control estimates affects over 29 million people in the U.S. It is a condition that affects a person for the rest of their life once diagnosed, and can have some very serious symptoms if the disease is allowed to progress without treatment. If the symptoms of diabetes have hindered your ability to work you may be eligible for assistance in the form of Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income. Simply being diagnosed with diabetes is not enough to file a successful claim, though. Keep reading for more information on what constitutes a basis for benefits based on diabetes.
Requirements to File
According to the Disability Benefits Help website, “Diabetes is listed in the Social Security Administration’s impairment listing manual […] as a condition which can qualify a person for Social Security benefits.” They continue by specifically outlining what criteria must be met in order to qualify for benefits on the grounds of diabetes disability. First, you must be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (type one or type two diabetes) by a medical professional. Secondly, you must have at least one of the following symptoms so severely that it inhibits your ability to work:
- Neuropathy: Nerve damage that causes weakness, numbness, and pain that affects the extremities
- Acidosis: increased acidity in the blood and other body tissue
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Loss of vision caused by damage to the retina, it is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes.
If you’ve worked for at least five of the last 10 years and have paid Social Security taxes, Disability Insurance Benefits allow you to withdraw the money you have put in. If you do not qualify for Disability Insurance Benefits you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, a federal supplement program.
Call Jenkins Block & Associates To Seek Social Security Disability Benefits For Your Diabetes Diagnosis!
When choosing an attorney to guide you through the process of Social Security Disability benefits, it’s important to hire an individual experienced with the program and its requirements. Consulting an individual who has insight on Social Security and the application process will prove to be extremely valuable in the long run, especially when questions arise or uncertainty on how to proceed.
Before trying to work out intricate Social Security Disability qualifications on your own, contact our office to make sure you understand the program and process. Protect yourself, know your rights: call us and Get JBA First!
Jenkins Block & Associates has 40+ years of experience in successful SSD/SSI cases in Maryland & Virginia, in addition to being a member of The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Call us at 1-800-243-2439 or contact us online to begin the process of filing your Social Security benefits!