If your hypoglycemia symptoms prevent you from working, you might be able to qualify for disability benefits from programs like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers from Berger and Green might be able to help you get Social Security Disability for hypoglycemia. We will help you apply for disability benefits or file your appeal if the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your initial claim. If your hypoglycemia resulted from a negligence accident in Pittsburgh, our personal injury team might be able to get you additional compensation, as well. You can reach our office at 412-661-1400 for your free case review.
Qualifying for Disability Based on Your Hypoglycemia and Related Symptoms
The SSA lists hypoglycemia as a possibly qualifying impairment under Section 9.00 of the Blue Book. Under this listing, the SSA evaluates hypoglycemia symptoms under two other sections of the impairment listings. If you suffer from:
- Regular or severe seizures and loss of consciousness, you might qualify under Section 11.00; or
- If your impairment causes a permanent altered cognitive status, lost mental capacity, or lasting confusion, you could qualify for disability under Section 12.00.
Before you apply for disability benefits, we recommend discussing your condition and your impairments with your physician. Your doctor can help your case by determining if your medical evidence meets the required criteria for getting benefits and ensuring you undergo all required tests to qualify.
Getting Disability for Hypoglycemia If You Do Not Fit a Blue Book Listing
You might be unable to work because of frequent confusion and decreased ability to complete cognitive tasks even if you do not meet a Blue Book listing. If this is the case for you, you might still be able to get benefits if your symptoms interfere with your ability to get and keep a job. You could qualify based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC).
Your RFC is an examination of your abilities that considers:
- The tasks you are capable of completing; and
- How often you can complete the tasks; and
- How long you can work at a time.
If you cannot work your previous job or any other job you qualify for, you will likely receive approval for benefits. In general, there are three ways the SSA determines your RFC. These include:
- A doctor from Disability Determination Services evaluates your impairments based on your application and medical evidence; or
- Your doctor evaluates your abilities based on your medical records and their knowledge of your case; or
- The SSA asks a third-party physician to evaluate your condition and determine your RFC.
Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability Benefits
Meeting the medical requirements for disability is not the only component of the application process. You must qualify under the technical qualifications, too. Each program has its own technical qualifications, and failing to meet these criteria could lead to a technical denial.
Some of the most common issues leading to a technical denial include:
- Leaving blanks on the application; and
- Listing a name that does not match your Social Security Number or birthdate; and
- Offering incorrect responses for your identifying information; and
- Not having the required number of work credits for SSDI; and
- Not having a recent work history for SSDI; and
- Having too much household income for SSI; and
- Having too many assets for SSI.
Filing an Appeal and Fighting for Your Disability Benefits
Many people who apply for disability receive a denial. It is relatively rare to receive approval based on your initial application. Instead, you will likely need to file an appeal.
There are several important points to remember about the disability appeals process:
- You have 60 days from the date on your denial notice to request a hearing, so it is important not to delay; and
- Your hearing date could be more than one year in the future; and
- An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will oversee this hearing; and
- This ALJ can decide to approve you for benefits; and
- There are additional steps you can take if the ALJ does not overturn your denial.
If you call us as soon as possible after you receive your denial notice, we can handle the entire appeals process for you. We will request your hearing, investigate why the SSA denied your application, and build a strong case that allows us to fight for the benefits we believe you deserve.
Once the date of your hearing arrives, we will represent you to the ALJ and present your case for approval during the hearing. While there are no guarantees in your case, we are often able to get our clients approved and secure back pay during an ALJ hearing.
Talk to an Attorney About Getting Disability for Hypoglycemia
The attorneys at Berger and Green will fight for the disability benefits you need and deserve. We will review your application before you submit it, or help you navigate the appeals process after a denial. We offer free evaluations and consultations to anyone who needs disability benefits.
If you are in the Pittsburgh area, call a member of our team today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary case review.