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Will Diabetes Qualify Me for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits?

 Posted on February 09, 2023 in Social Security Disability

Dallas SSDI Benefits LawyerFor those who are living with diabetes, gaining access to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can make a huge difference in their quality of life. But is diabetes alone enough to qualify you for SSDI benefits? The answer is yes and no. While it is possible to qualify for disability benefits based on diabetes alone, the reality is that most people who have diabetes must also have additional serious medical complications in order to be approved for SSDI benefits. An experienced disability attorney can help you better understand these requirements.

Complications That Could Qualify You for Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers several different types of complications that can be associated with diabetes when determining whether or not an individual should receive SSDI benefits. In general, these conditions include nerve damage, cardiovascular issues, kidney disorders, and vision problems. If a person has any of these complications as the result of their diabetes, they may qualify for SSDI benefits.

The biggest factor in determining whether a person with diabetes qualifies for disability benefits is how the person’s condition affects their ability to work. In many cases, diabetes can be controlled to the point that the person is able to maintain gainful employment. Sometimes, however, the condition—especially if there are complications—cannot be easily controlled, and the person may not be able to support themselves.

Applying for Benefits

Once someone has been diagnosed with diabetes and any associated complications that may qualify them for SSDI benefits, they must begin the process of applying for those benefits by completing an application with the SSA. It is important to note that this process can take several months or even years depending on the complexity of the case and other factors such as how quickly all necessary documentation and paperwork is provided by the applicant. Therefore, it is best to start the application process as soon as possible if you think you may qualify for SSDI benefits due to your condition.

Evidence Required to Qualify for Benefits

In addition to completing an application and providing necessary information about your condition, there will also be certain evidence required in order for you to qualify for SSDI benefits due to your diabetes diagnosis and any related medical complications. This evidence includes medical records from your doctors, lab results from tests performed at hospitals or clinics related to your condition, proof of income (if applicable), and other information as requested by the SSA during the initial review of your application.

Work With a Dallas SSDI Benefits Lawyer

It is possible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits based on a diagnosis of diabetes – but in most cases, there must be additional serious medical complications present as well. Contact an experienced Texas Social Security disability attorney to discuss your situation and to determine if pursuing SSDI benefits is the right option for you. Call 972-671-9922 for a free consultation and case review at The Law Offices of Coats & Todd today.

 

Sources:

https://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disabling-conditions/diabetes-and-social-security-disability

https://diabetes.org/tools-support/know-your-rights/discrimination/is-diabetes-a-disability

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