Can I get disability benefits for diabetes?

Many residents of Central Florida have diabetes. In most cases, this condition be treated, or at least kept under control, with a proper course of medical treatment. Because it is treatable, diabetes ordinarily is not going to qualify a person for Social Security disability.

However, in many cases, diabetes actually leads to other, more serious medical complications that can leave a Florida resident unable to work. In these sorts of cases, it is more likely that a person can qualify for disability benefits.

For example, someone with diabetes that for whatever reason cannot be properly managed can experience a loss of sensation or movement in their extremities. Diabetes can also lead to problems like blindness or a serious malfunction in the kidneys. In extreme cases, a person may even have to have all or part of their legs removed and may also experience heart problems. Chronic struggles with acidosis, or unhealthy acid buildup in one’s bloodstream, is also a problem associated with diabetes.

If a Floridian has a severe case of diabetes, he may find that his overall medical condition makes it difficult if not impossible to hold a job. In these sorts of cases, an application for Social Security disability benefits could prove successful. If the application is successful, then the monthly payment the person will receive can be used to help that person pay bills and support himself.

As with any application for disability benefits, however, a person needs to make sure that she has all the necessary medical documentation to prove that her diabetes has created other complications that make it impossible to return to work. The process of compiling this information may be best accomplished with the help of an experienced Social Security attorney.


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