Diabetes is a debilitating condition that impacts over 34 million Americans. Diabetics structure their daily routines around their diabetes; they have to maintain a strict diet, constantly monitor their blood sugar, and inject themselves with insulin.
Unfortunately, diabetes-related health complications can make regular employment a challenge. Thankfully, diabetics may be eligible for social security disability insurance. SSDI benefits can afford them an independence and standard of living they might not have had otherwise.
If you’re a diabetic that’s considered applying for SSDI, here’s what to consider:
Diabetes alone isn’t enough
Simply having diabetes is not enough to qualify for SSDI. However, the Social Security Administration lists numerous diabetes-related health complications that automatically qualify for benefits, including:
- Neuropathy: a form of kidney disease caused by diabetes
- Neuropathy: nerve damage that inhibits the ability to walk and stand
- Retinopathy: high blood sugar damages the retinas, causing vision problems
- Cardiovascular disease: diabetes can cause heart disease, including high blood pressure
- Peripheral Arterial Disease: reduced blood circulation that damages the extremities.
An experienced SSDI lawyer can help
Navigating the SSDI process is challenging. How an application is structured, and the evidence submitted makes the difference between an approval and a denial.
For most disability applicants, their quality of life depends on benefits. Considering the stakes, it is critical to maximize your chances of success, and the best way to do that is by hiring an experienced SSDI lawyer.
A lawyer knows what the SSA wants to see and identify the evidence needed to win the case. If the application is denied, they can file an appeal.
San Diego residents shouldn’t hesitate to reach out. If cost is a concern, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out-of-pocket cost to the client.