At Hoglund Law Offices, our lawyers represent many claimants with diabetic complications get approved for Social Security benefits. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. can be a very serious disease with multiple complications that can affect a wide range of body systems.
As with any claim for social security disability benefits, it is imperative that you treat regularly with a doctor, and follow their recommendations. Lab reports are going to be important to show fluctuating blood sugar levels despite a regular course of treatment. Testing for neuropathy may also be essential in proving one’s disability. If you have been experiencing numbness, weakness, and pain and have not been diagnosed with neuropathy, it is extremely important that you bring this to your doctor’s attention. Specific testing needs to be conducted to confirm the diagnosis.
If your diabetes does not meet or equal Social Security’s specific criteria for being found disabled, your symptoms may still cause significant functional limitations which may prove you are unable to work. An individual may have difficulty walking, standing, or may need to elevate their legs throughout the day. Numbness in one’s hands may impair your ability to write, type, and use small objects. Vision problems may prevent an individual from reading, using a computer, seeing small objects, or avoiding hazards in a work environment. These functional limitations, alone or in combination, may be enough to prove that no work would exist in the national economy.
Contact Hoglund Law Offices today so that we can assess your disability claim.