Diabetes and SSDI: what you need to know

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2022 | Firm News

Countless Americans have diabetes. And for some, the condition is so severe that it leaves them unable to work. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2, if you find that your diabetes makes it extremely difficult for you to do your job, you could qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

How could my diabetes affect me at work?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes, with Type 2 accounting for most cases. But regardless of what type you have, you may find that your diabetes is hurting you at work if:

  • Your frequent bathroom breaks are causing you to miss important deadlines.
  • You struggle to remain focused and alert at work due to fatigue.
  • Your blurry vision creates hazardous working conditions for you and your coworkers, especially if your job involves lifting heavy objects or operating machinery.

Does my diabetes qualify me for SSDI?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists diabetes as an endocrine disorder under its disability blue book. However, the blue book doesn’t distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes and wish to apply for SSDI benefits, you must have a formal diabetes diagnosis from your medical provider along with one of these related conditions:

  • Acidosis: An abnormal increase in the acidity of your bodily fluid that occurs at least once every couple of months. Your doctor can document your acidosis through blood tests.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: An eye condition that can damage the blood vessels inside your eyes. It usually results in significant vision loss or visual ability in the lesser damaged of your two eyes.
  • Neuropathy: Nerve damage stemming from diabetes. Symptoms can range from foot numbness to problems with your heart and bladder.

Additionally, you must go through the SSDI application process. Even if your diabetes is severe enough, there is still a chance Social Security could reject your application. If that’s the case, an experienced disability attorney can assist you with your appeal.

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