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Update: Obtaining Social Security disability benefits for diabetes

by | Jan 31, 2017 | Social Security Disability |

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In our February 4, 2011 post, we discussed the proof required to be awarded disability benefits for diabetes. Here, we discuss revised proof requirements recently established by Social Security.

As with any medical condition, your diabetes may serve as the basis for an award of Social Security disability benefits if the nature and severity of your condition (a) meets or equals a Listing impairment or (b) prevents you from working.

Prior to June 2011, a claim for disability benefits based on diabetes was evaluated under three separate diabetes listings: neuropathy (Listing 9.08A); ketoacidosis (Listing 9.08B); and retinitis proliferans (Listing 9.08C). Post-June 2011, however, a claim for disability benefits is evaluated under the listing for the body system impacted by the claimant’s diabetes; there is no separate listing for diabetes per se. Thus, for example, if your diabetes causes heart-problems, it will be evaluated under the cardiovascular listing (Listing 4.00); if your diabetes results in impaired cognitive functioning, it will be evaluated under the mental disorders listing (Listing 12.00).

If you have questions about whether your diabetes meets or equals a Social Security disability listing, and you are not currently represented by a Charlotte disability lawyer, please contact us for a free initial consultation. Use the claim evaluation form on this page to tell us briefly about your condition, or call or email us directly. The Social Security listings are complicated, and the process of determining whether you qualify is often convoluted. As experienced Charlotte disability lawyers, we can help you make sense of it all.