Diabetes and Disability

As many articles and news stories have indicated, the American population is increasingly overweight and has a larger population that is morbidly obese than ever before. When diabetes is well-controlled and has not yet caused any damage to any organs, it is not considered a disabling condition by the Social Security Administration.

Like any diseases or condition, the Social Security Administration will look at what effects the diabetes has had on the person’s health and abilities on a daily basis. This is done when the SSA is evaluating claims for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income claims for individuals with diabetes.

In younger individuals, diabetes is typically controlled by treatment. Because it is typically controllable with treatment, it is very rare for the Administration to find that a young person is disabled because of diabetes. If the diabetes is not being controlled because the affected person isn’t following the prescribed treatment, like modifying his or her diet or losing weight, the person will not be considered disabled.

Unfortunately, the longer a person has had diabetes, the more likely he or she is to have developed a disabling complication from the disease. Common complications include neuropathy, retinopathy, renal disease, and amputations.

If a child has been diagnosed with diabetes before the age of 18 and requires insulin, the child can be found disabled because of his or her diabetes if the child has had recent recurrent hospitalizations with acidosis or recent, recurrent episodes of hypoglycemia. The child must also be following the prescribed treatment or will still be found not disabled.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and are unable to control it even with diet, exercise, and insulin but have been denied for social security disability, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss the appeals process.