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I have diabetes. Do I have a disability?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2017 | Firm News |

Diabetes is a relatively common disease, and for this reason, many people do not consider this illness to be a disabling condition. While the severity of a case of diabetes varies on a case-by-case basis, many people find that the effects of this disease leave them unable to work and participate in everyday activities.

For many in Ohio who suffer from this disease, diabetes is a disability. It may keep you from holding a regular job and supporting your family, and you may have a valid claim to Social Security Disability benefits because of it. Securing the support you need is not an easy process, and there are many benefits to walking through this process with the help of an attorney.

Why is diabetes a disabling condition?

Diabetes is a disease that can be quite manageable for some. For others struggling with more serious cases, this illness can cause problems related to the following:

  • Blood sugar changes
  • Issues with the function of the endocrine system
  • Constant monitoring and blood sugar checks

This illness is an invisible condition, which means that many people may not even know that they have this disease. However, this does not mean that your condition is not serious or a valid reason to claim disability benefits. Both type 1 and type 2 are disabilities.

Your disease and disability benefits

Not everyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes will be able to get disability benefits. Per the eligibility requirements outlined by the Social Security Administration, people who meet the following could receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits:

  • Must have a qualifying work history that includes payment of Social Security taxes
  • Must have a medical condition expected to last for at least one year and severe enough to prevent the individual from having gainful employment

The application process is not easy, and it can take a long time to actually get what you need. You may find it necessary to fight for your rightful benefits. If you do not meet the requirements necessary to get SSDI benefits, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits.

You will find great benefit in securing the help of an attorney as you seek disability benefits. From navigating complications to appealing a denied claim, you do not have to walk through any part of this process alone. An experienced legal ally can provide support and guidance as you seek disability benefits due to your diabetes.