Diabetes Disability

Social Security Disability Lawyers

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all impairments are subject to evaluation and you must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Your Condition

Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, may be inherited in genes and is caused by an improper production and/or use of insulin in the body. Insulin is needed to turn sugar and other food into energy. If your body fails to produce and use insulin in the right way, it causes sugar to build up in the blood.

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease, which develops when the body fails to produce enough insulin and misuses what insulin it does produce. Diabetes type 2 typically develops in middle-aged adults but can appear in adolescents and young adults as well.

Type 1 diabetes is more likely to develop in children and young adults. Daily insulin injections are imperative to the survival of people suffering from type 1 diabetes as the pancreas produces little to no insulin on its own.

SSA Evaluation

Diabetes is considered a disabling condition by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age. As diabetes affects the endocrine system, it is classified with other conditions that are caused by over- or under-production of hormones and result in structural or functional changes in the body.

Diabetes is evaluated by the SSA under three conditions:


  • What it is: nerve disorders caused by diabetes
  • How it is evaluated: by significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities resulting in long-term movement problems


  • What it is: acid build-up in the blood caused by low insulin
  • How it is evaluated: by occurring at least on the average of once every two months documented by appropriate blood chemical tests

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  • What it is: damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye (retina)
  • How it is evaluated: by visual impairment under the criteria in 2.02, 2.03, or 2.04

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Together, our lawyers have more than 150 years of experience and, with a staff of more than 140 attorneys and case managers who handle more than 8,000 disability cases each year, we can help determine if you qualify for benefits. Our SSI attorneys treat you like family and handle your case with integrity. We know how to apply, how to appeal, and how to help. Call us today at (866) 684-3388 or fill out a free online consultation form.

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How Can a Lawyer Help?

Having the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side may increase your chances of being approved for benefits. We can help you:

  • file your claim
  • process complicated paperwork
  • handle your appeal
  • and more
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