Complications from Diabetes Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits


The following are some of the complications from diabetes that can help you qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits.

  • Diabetic retinopathy. If you have blurred vision, poor visual acuity (between 20/100 and 20/200 in your better eye), or poor peripheral vision, you can qualify for disability benefits under this listing.
  • Diabetic nephropathy. If your kidneys are no longer functioning properly and you require daily dialysis or there the levels of protein or creatine in your blood are too high, you may be able to qualify for benefits. These symptoms could also qualify you under kidney disease.
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathies (nerve damage). Most people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage in their hands, feet, arms, or legs. To qualify for benefits under this listing; however, you must be able to show that your neuropathy causes a significant disruption in your ability to walk, stand, or use your hands in a skilled manner. More on disability benefits for peripheral neuropathy.
  • Cardiovascular issues. Diabetes can lead to coronary artery disease, chronic heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, and an irregular heartbeat).
  • Poorly healing skin and bacterial infections. If you have skin ulcers or lesions that last for three months even after treatment and make it difficult for you to walk or use your hands, you can qualify for benefits.
  • Amputation of an extremity. Leg, foot and toe amputations are the most common in diabetics due nerve damage and poor circulation. You may be able to get benefits if you have other limitations as well.

If you don't meet the requirements of one of the listings above, the SSA will assess your residual functional capacity (RFC). Your RFC determines the level of activity that you can still do despite your condition. To determine your RFC, the SSA takes into account medical history, doctors’ opinions and reports from you, your family, and your friends.

If after filing your claim you are denied benefits, Disability Professionals can help you file an appeal and present further information to the Social Security Administration to make a stronger case for your disability benefits.

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If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email Disability Professionals  to set up your appointment today.



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