So, you've just applied for disability benefits for your diabetes, and you've been denied. There could be a few easy answers to why this is, but some cases can be true head-scratchers. You feel as though your diabetes makes you unfit to perform your job adequately, and because of this, you believe you're entitled to some compensation. According to Social Security, your diabetes must be related to another condition, which, in turn, makes you unable to perform the functions of your job.
It Would be Strange to be Denied if You have One of the Big Three Conditions
If you have proof that you're dealing with diabetes-related retinopathy, nephropathy, or neuropathy, it's unlikely that you would be denied benefits. If you have had diabetes-related conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and stroke, you're still a very good candidate to receive benefits. If you have bacterial infections or an amputated limb, you're also high on the list for receiving diabetes-related disability benefits.
Rewrite Some of the Paperwork in Your Application
Maybe you don't have any of these conditions, but you still feel as though your diabetes is negatively affecting your ability to work. Well, it might be a bit more difficult to receive compensation, but you shouldn't give up trying after being rejected once.
Upon reviewing your application the first time, Social Security will have assessed your residual functional capacity. This is a measurement of the level of activity you're able to do despite your diabetes. To make this determination, the Social Security Adminsitration reviewed your medical history, doctor's opinion, and your own statements as well as the statements of those close to you.
Although you might not be able to change your medical history and your doctor's opinion, you can write a more detailed personal statement, and encourage your loved ones to do the same.
Comply with All Requests for Information by Social Security
You could very well be denied for failing to cooperate with Social Security - for instance, not agreeing to have your medical records released or not completing questionnaires that were sent to you. It's vital that you comply and make things as easy for them as possible, offering up any relevant information they request, so that the process remains streamlined.
Follow Your Prescribed Treatment Plan
Another reason you may be denied benefits is if you fail to follow your treatment plan set out by your doctor. If you have a medical condition so severe that you were not able to follow the treatment plan or were unable to do so due to financial constraints, Social Security will see this as an acceptable reason.
Perhaps you just earn too much money to be looking for disability benefits based on diabetes. In 2014, the limit for non-blind people is $1,070 per month - this figure is adjusted annually. Unfortunately, in this situation, there's not a whole lot you can do on your own, short of seeking the help of a disability benefits advocate.
Seek the Help of a Disability Advocate
Whether you've been denied for benefits while suffering from diabetes-related retinopathy, nephropathy, or neuropathy; or you're without one of these conditions but feel that diabetes is ruining your life, don't hesitate to contact your local disability advocate.
Those who file an appeal to get heard in front of a judge are much more likely to end up receiving benefits. An advocate will walk you through the entire process, so that next time you apply, you will be better prepared to acquire the benefits you need. Simply put, the goal of an advocate is to get you the compensation you deserve - take advantage of it, today.