People who suffer from diabetes may be able to receive Social Security benefits by providing objective medical evidence of the nature and the extent of their medical condition. At the law office of MHK Attorneys, we represent people seeking Social Security from one of our five office locations throughout North-Eastern PA, including Stroudsburg, Brodheadsville, and Pocono Summit.
Diabetes is Listed as a Disabling Disease Under Social Security
The good news for people suffering from diabetes is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) lists diabetes specifically in the list of medical impairments covered by Social Security.
In order for you to qualify for Social Security benefits for diabetes, you must show that:
- You actually suffer from diabetes mellitus.
- You suffer from neuropathy (significant and persistent disorganization of the motor function in two extremities caused by pain or numbness).
- You suffer from acidosis.
- You suffer from diabetic retinopathy (significant loss of peripheral vision or loss of visual acuity).
Even if you are initially denied benefits, don't give up. Many diabetics who were initially denied were later approved through the appeals process. This serious medical condition can eventually lead to kidney failure; it is important to seek medical treatment immediately.
Speak to Your Doctor — Best Way to Prove Your Disability
The main problem that people encounter when trying to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits is that they fail to obtain objective evidence from their doctor about their symptoms. Many symptoms associated with diabetes are subjective in nature and difficult to quantify. The only real way to prove the nature and extent of your disability is through a consistent record created by a physician who can document the severity your medical condition.
If you suffer from Type I or Type II diabetes, you may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. If you have questions, why not ask an experienced attorney at the law firm of MHK Attorneys for answers? To set up an appointment to discuss your application, contact our lawyers today.