If you are suffering from long-term complications from hyperglycemia and cannot work, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This could include monthly benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers from Berger and Green are here to help you try to get Social Security Disability for hyperglycemia. We will review your application before you file it, or we can handle your appeal if SSA denied your claim. In Pittsburgh, you can reach a member of our team for a free case evaluation today at 412-661-1400.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits Based on Chronic Hyperglycemia Complications
The SSA mentions chronic hyperglycemia as a qualifying impairment in Section 9.00 – Endocrine Disorders of the Blue Book of impairment listings. Unlike the other sections of this book, however, Section 9.00 does not list the medical criteria you need to meet to qualify for benefits. Instead, it points you toward other sections that address your complications and side effects.
For example, you should turn to:
- Section 1.00 for amputations related to chronic high glucose levels and infections; or
- Section 2.00 for blindness related to diabetic retinopathy; or
- Section 4.00 for coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease; or
- Section 5.00 for gastroparesis; or
- Section 6.00 for complications related to diabetic nephropathy; or
- Section 8.00 for skin infections that will not heal properly; or
- Section 11.00 for sensory neuropathies; or
- Section 12.00 for cognitive deficits, as well as mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.
Because chronic hyperglycemia affects nerves and blood vessels, it can disrupt almost any body system. We recommend discussing your condition and your impairments with your doctor before you apply. There may be additional impairment listings you could qualify under, and your doctor can help your case by ensuring you have the right evidence to get approved.
Getting Disability for Hyperglycemia Complications Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
Even if you do not meet a Blue Book listing, you may be able to get benefits based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Determining your RFC requires a careful evaluation of your ability to work and complete everyday tasks. This evaluation can happen in one of three ways:
- The SSA can evaluate your ability to work based on your application and medical evidence; or
- Your doctor can evaluate your capabilities based on their knowledge of your case and your medical records; or
- The SSA can ask you to attend an examination with a third-party doctor.
If the evaluation finds you cannot work your last job, any other job you held, or any job you qualify for, you will likely receive disability benefits.
Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability Benefits
In addition to meeting the medical criteria for a qualifying impairment, you will also need to meet the technical qualifications. This is one of the first things your local Social Security checks when you submit your application.
Some of these technical qualifications include:
- A name and birthdate that match your Social Security Number; and
- Completing every blank on the paperwork; and
- Having enough work credits to meet the requirements for SSDI; and
- Meeting the income and asset limits to be eligible for SSI.
If you do not meet one of the technical qualifications, the SSA will deny your application. However, if you receive a letter of denial, you still have options to get disability benefits.
Filing an Appeal for Your Disability Benefits
If the SSA denied your benefits based on your initial application, you are not alone. Many people need to file an appeal and navigate the disability appeals process to get benefits.
We can help you file your appeal, but it is important not to delay. You only have 60 days from the date on your letter to request an appeals hearing. If you enlist our help, we can:
- Request your hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge; and
- Review your application to understand why the SSA denied your claim; and
- Investigate your medical history to try to prove your qualifications; and
- Build a strong case to get approval and back pay; and
- Represent you in your appeals hearing; and
- Present the case we built to the Administrative Law Judge.
If we can get your denial overturned and your benefits approved at this step in the process, you should begin receiving monthly payments within weeks. You may also receive back pay to cover the period between when you originally applied and when we won your appeal.
If another person’s negligence caused your hyperglycemia, we may be able to help you pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim. Contact our office today to determine if you qualify for damages.
Get Disability Benefits for Hyperglycemia
At Berger and Green, our staff knows how much you need disability benefits, and what they would mean to your family. We will fight to try to get you the monthly payments you need to make ends meet. We can review your application before you file it, or handle your appeal. We offer free case reviews.
In the Pittsburgh area, you can reach us today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation.