December 21, 2009
Social Security Disability Benefits and Diabetes
Indiana residents that suffer from diabetes may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Indianapolis Social Security Disability Attorney Scott D. Lewis has experience in representing claimants with diabetes. As specified in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Listing of Impairments, Section 9.0, Endocrine System, a claimant may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for diabetes if the claimant meets SSA’s required criteria.
In order to meet the listing and qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits for diabetes, the claimant must prove a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus with the following:
- Neuropathy demonstrated by significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities;
- Acidosis occurring at least on the average of once every 2 months documented by blood chemical test; or
- Diabetic retinopathy (significant loss of visual acuity or loss of peripheral vision).
Even though diabetes is a serious medical condition, it is not uncommon to be denied Social Security disability benefits for this impairment alone. Many times individuals seeking disability can receive a favorable ruling due to a combination of impairments if the diabetes alone does not arise to the listing level.
Indianapolis Social Security Disability Lawyer Scott Lewis often finds that his clients suffering from diabetes mellitus are also experience neuropathy. Clients with neuropathy often complain of numbness & tingling in their feet creating difficulty standing for even short periods and numbness & tingling in their hands that can sometimes result in the inability to grasp and hold items. Most occupations require the use of your hands for even unskilled labor, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may find that there is no gainful activity that can be performed. The inability to stand for even a short period may limit the disability claimant to sedentary work. Sedentary work may not be attainable by certain disability claimants based on their age, education level, and prior work experience.
If you find that you are experiencing a disabling condition such as diabetes mellitus or any other condition, call Scott Lewis at (317) 423-8888 for a free consultation.