Are Diabetics Eligible For SSD Benefits?

Complications from diabetes can be devastating. Indeed, diabetes prevents many individuals from working on a day-to-day basis. In such cases, individuals are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance/Supplemental Security Income (SSDI/SSI) benefits. Diagnosis, however, does not automatically entail that one will receive compensation.

At Cutter Hall Karlock, L.L.C., we have seen firsthand how diabetes affects one's ability to perform daily tasks and to work. Our lawyers can help such individuals apply for benefits and appeal denied claims. Based in Columbus, we represent people in central and southern Ohio. We're ready to help you, too.

The Effects Of Diabetes Can Be Severe

Diabetes can cause severe damage to numerous bodily systems. Some of the most common problems include:

  • High blood sugar (ketoacidosis) causing abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, weakness, confusion and shortness of breath. If untreated, ketoacidosis can be fatal.
  • Kidney disease (nephropathy), which can lead to kidney failure. When this occurs, people will need dialysis and/or a kidney transplant.
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy) to the arms, hands, legs and feet. Such damage can cause pain, tingling, numbness, poor circulation and other problems. In the worst cases, amputation may be required.
  • Vision impairment (retinopathy) may result in cataracts, glaucoma and blindness.

Any of these complications may make it impossible to work. Yet, even though the Social Security Administration acknowledges diabetes as a debilitating impairment, you must submit the appropriate medical evidence to demonstrate your reduced functional capacity. In such situations, our attorneys know which medical tests and reports are necessary to obtain SSDI/SSI benefits.

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