If you are living with diabetes, you may be entitled to receive Social Security disability benefits if your condition is so severe that it meets or medically equals a Social Security Listing impairment or prevents you from working. This post will discuss a recent change to the Listings relative to diabetes.
Before June 2011, the Social Security Administration evaluated a claim for disability benefits based on diabetes according to three separate listings: neuropathy, ketoacidosis, and retinitis proliferans (Listings 9.08A, 9.08B, and 9.08C, respectively). Post-June 2011, there is no longer a separate Listing for diabetes. Rather, the Social Security Administration will evaluate a claim for disability benefits according to the listing for the body system impacted by the claimant’s diabetes. So, for example, a claim will be evaluated under the mental disorders listing (Listing 12.00) if the claimant’s diabetes has caused diminished cognitive functioning; similarly, a claim will be evaluated under the cardiovascular listing (Listing 4.00) if the claimant’s diabetes has caused heart-related medical issues.
If you have diabetes, and your claim for disability benefits was denied, I can help with your appeal. If you are not currently represented by a Detroit disability lawyer, contact me for a free consultation. I would be happy to talk with you about the Listings and other possible grounds on which you might qualify for benefits.