Diabetes and Your Social Security Disability Claim | Lakeland Social Security Disability Attorney

Do you suffer from diabetes mellitus that interferes with your ability to work? The Social Security Disability Administration recognizes diabetes as the basis for a Social Security disability claim.

Section 9.08 Diabetes Mellitus of the Listing of Impairments requires that you submit medical documentation:

A. Neuropathy demonstrated by significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station;

B. Acidosis occurring at least on the average of once every two months, documented by appropriate blood chemical tests;

C. Retinitis proliferans

Winning a Social Security Disability claim based on diabetes requires extensive medical documentation.  If you need assistance with your Social Security claim, contact St. Petersburg Social Security disability lawyers, Sharon Barrett or Nancy Cavey. They have extensive experience in handling Social Security disability claims for diabetics and have written the go to book for Social Security Disability applicants, “Your Rights to Social Security Disability.”

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The Social Security Administration recognizes that physical impairment can be caused “by the overproduction or underproduction of hormones that can result in structural or functional changes in the body.” Listing of Impairments Section 9.0

When “those changes involve the involvement of an organ system”, the Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim for Social Security disability benefits, “according to the criteria under the appropriate section.”

In layman’s terms, you should consider filing a claim for Social Security if you have a thyroid disorder, hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidsm, hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex, or diabetes.

You must submit medically appropriate evidence that supports the evaluation and diagnosis of your impairment.

For more information about filing a Social Security disability claim, contact Nancy Cavey, a St. Petersburg Social Security disability lawyer at caveylaw.com.

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Did you know that diabetes has its own Listing of Impairments Section 9.08?

It is a very interesting listing because it’s so short and because it does not distinguish between Type I diabetes or Type II diabetes. Listing of Impairments – Section 9.08 Diabetes Mellitus requires:

1. Diagnosis of diabetes AND

2. Evidence of neuropathy with “significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or date and station.”

ALTERNATIVELY

3. Acidosis, which happens, on average, at least “once every two months” and which is documented by appropriate blood tests.

ALTERNATIVELY

4. Diabetic retinopathy, that results in the visual impairment at of Section 2.00 of the impairment manual. You have to have a significant loss in your peripheral vision in the better of two lines or significant loss of visual acuity in the better of two eyes.

The reality is that if you suffer from diabetes you probably aren’t going to meet a listing. That doesn’t mean you won’t get your Social Security disability benefits. Rather, a claim for Social Security disability benefits for diabetes will likely be approved on the basis of a medical vocational allowance at Hurdles 4 and 5, which are discussed in earlier blog postings.

As a review, we must take into consideration not only your diabetes but what other medical conditions you might have secondary to your diabetes. These can include hypertension, coronary artery disease, kidney problems, visual problems and neurological problems. It isn’t uncommon to see Social Security disability applicants who have neuropathies, visual problems, and even amputations, who have been denied Social Security disability benefits for diabetes or its complications.

Don’t give up! Appeal any denial of your Social Security disability benefits for diabetes and secure experience Social Security disability representation. Social Security disability benefits for diabetes can be obtained if adequate medical documentation is obtained and your physicians complete the appropriate Residual Functional Capacity form. It’s important to have representation so that you can fully develop your functional physical restrictions and limitations and how your diabetes impacts your functioning.

As you know, diabetes can cause severe damage to your vascular system, nervous system, visual system and kidney system. The Social Security Disability administration evaluates the damage to those parts of your body under the disability criteria for those specific body areas.

For example, the damage your diabetes has caused to your eyes is evaluated under the visual system.

For more information on appealing a denied claim for Social Security disability benefits for diabetes, contact Nancy Cavey, a Florida Social Security Disability Attorney.