Today, approximately 29.1 million people in American suffer from diabetes. For many, proper nutrition, exercise and medicine can keep symptoms under control. However, for some diabetes may result in an inability to work.

Social Security use to have diabetes listed as a qualifying condition in their blue book. But because diabetes affects everyone in very different ways it is no longer listed as a qualifying condition in and of itself. However, the complications that arise from diabetes are listed. So to qualify using the blue book, you simply need to meet a listing for one of the complications of diabetes.

Getting Approved For Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage in the extremities, is probably the number one complication we see qualify for benefits. To qualify for Disability Benefits for neuropathy, your condition must cause extreme limitations in the ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking, or use of upper extremities.

Getting Approved For Diabetic Amputations

If you have had an amputation you can also qualify for disability benefits. Amputations that meet the blue books criteria include:

  • Both hands
  • One or both lower extremities at or above the tarsal region with stump complications resulting in the medical inability to use a prosthetic devise to walk effectively
  • One hand and one lower extremity
  • Hemipelvectomy or hip disarticulation

Getting Approved for Diabetic Retinopathy

To qualify for this blue book listing your eye sight must be worse than 20/100 in your better eye.

Hire a Utah Disability Lawyer

When you are applying for disability benefits the attorney you hire matters. Here at Mountain West Disability we have the experience and expertise needed to give you the best possible chance of being approved for benefits. If you are wondering if you might qualify for disability benefits give us a call today for your free consultation.



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