Diabetes Mellitus

Massachusetts Attorneys Assisting Social Security Applicants

Diabetes Mellitus, often referred to simply as “diabetes,” encompasses both Type 1 (juvenile) and Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes. This condition can cause serious health problems, including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and the amputation of lower extremities. It is estimated that diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans, or approximately 8% of the population. The Social Security lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates have spent more than two decades providing capable services to Massachusetts individuals as well as people from Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Trust our knowledgeable staff to maximize your chance of obtaining the benefits that you deserve, whether through an initial application or an appeal.

Diabetes Mellitus and Disability Benefits

You may want to consider filing an application to receive government benefits if you are unable to work as a result of a medical condition that is anticipated to last at least one year or end in your death. When the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides whether to grant a claim, it starts by looking at its Listing of Impairments. This contains descriptions of medical conditions that are believed to be severe enough to prevent sufferers from holding a job, which means that they might qualify for benefits.

Diabetes is no longer a listed condition. However, Section 9.00 of the Listing states that endocrine system disorders, like this disease, may be evaluated on the basis of impairments that they produce in other body systems. In other words, whether you can base a claim for disability benefits on diabetes may depend on the severity of the medical complications caused by your condition and how your ability to work is affected. For example, peripheral neuropathy, cardiovascular problems, and amputation are covered by certain sections of the Listing and frequently arise as consequences of diabetes.

If you do not meet the requirements of a section in the Listing but still cannot work because of your condition, you may qualify for disability benefits under SSA’s residual functional capacity (RFC) evaluation. The purpose of this assessment is to determine what an applicant is able to do, given the details of his or her situation, and how well he or she can participate in work-related activities.

Apply for disability benefits as soon as you feel that you may qualify for them, since the application process often extends across several months. The required information can be provided online, in person, or over the phone. Initially, the SSA evaluates your application to check that you have worked long enough to qualify for benefits. If you meet this threshold requirement and others, the agency will forward your materials to your state’s Disability Determination Services office for a more extensive determination. This will unfold in five main steps.

If you are currently at a job where you earn at least a certain amount of money, you probably will not be able to get government benefits. On the other hand, you probably will be able to receive Social Security if you have been unemployed for the last year and have a disability that meets the criteria of a section in the Listing of Impairments. Between those two extremes is a substantial area into which many people fall. They may be unemployed, or receiving a minimal salary, because of a medical condition, but they may also not fit the criteria of the Listing. This situation requires the staff at the Disability Determination Services office to determine whether the claimant can perform his or her past work or any other type of job that may exist in the United States. If he or she cannot, eligibility for benefits will be established. However, this is a high standard for most people to meet, so the assistance of a lawyer is essential.

Seeking Government Benefits with the Help of Massachusetts Lawyers

The stakes are high and the issues complex in applications or appeals for Social Security. If you need the counsel of a knowledgeable advocate in Massachusetts, you should consult the experienced government benefits attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates. From our Boston office, we have assisted countless individuals in Norfolk, Plymouth, Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. Call us toll-free at 1-800-367-0871 or complete the contact form on our website to set up a free consultation.