Many people in America have been diagnosed with diabetes, and now many people find the side effects of their diabetes is preventing them from being able to work in a full-time setting. Most of the diabetes cases the disability attorneys at Hoglund Law handle involve people with peripheral neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy, because of their diabetes. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration is aware of this epidemic and they have recently updated the way they evaluate cases involving diabetes. In June 2014, SSR 14-2p was released, which makes it easier for claimants and representatives to evaluate whether the medical conditions will find them eligible for disability.
Like any Social Security disability case, you need to prove that you are no longer able to work any full-time job due to your impairments. This means that you are either so physically or mentally limited by the symptoms of your condition that you cannot maintain working full-time, 40 hours per week or more. With this new ruling, Social Security points to some specific symptoms of diabetes. They highlight complications such as diabetic retinopathy, cardiovascular issues such as coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage, or neuropathy. They also consider symptoms of chronic low blood sugar, such as weakness, sweating, trembling, palpitations, and difficulty concentrating. Applying for disability with diabetes requires documentation from your physician of your blood sugar readings, of the symptoms you experience, and your medication regimen as well.
If your diabetes causes a major effect on one of your body systems, like kidney disease or neuropathy, Social Security may be able to find you disabled on the basis of the severely decreased functioning of just that body system. For example, if you are unable to walk without needing the use of a walker or crutches because of neuropathy in your feet, that may be sufficient to find you disabled. Similarly, if your diabetes has had such a severe effect on your kidneys that you require dialysis, they may find you disabled.
Social Security will evaluate what an impact your diabetes has had on your total body, and how it affects your daily functioning if they can’t find it has had a severe impact on one body system. They then determine whether the total impairments would prevent you from doing any of your previous work, and then they need to find if there is other work you would be able to do with your impairments.
If you find that the side effects interfere with your ability to work full-time, call the disability attorneys at Hoglund Law. We can evaluate your case to see if you may be eligible for disability benefits from Social Security.