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Does your diabetes qualify you for disability benefits?

by | Dec 20, 2017 | Blog |

Diabetes is a disease that affects many West Virginia residents. How this type of disease will affect its victim differs on a case-by-case basis, and for some, it is possible to manage symptoms and live a relatively normal life. For some, however, this is not possible. You may find that your case of diabetes is severe enough to impact your ability to work.

If you cannot work due to a disabling condition, such as diabetes, you could be eligible for disability benefits. If you are sick, unable to hold gainful employment and unsure of how you will earn a living, you would be wise to explore your option for potentially securing this type of benefits.

How can this sickness impact your work?

Diabetes is a sickness that change your life in many significant ways. It is possible that you may not be able to control the symptoms, and eventually, some of these issues can begin to impact your work. You may find that the following affect your ability to meet the demands of your job:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent infections
  • Irritability

These are just a few of the ways that your disease can take away your ability to work. People with diabetes may experience sudden weight loss, which can lead to weakness, extreme hunger, excessive thirst and more. Dealing with diabetes is not only physically demanding, it can be mentally and emotionally draining as well.

In addition to the physical symptoms and effects of diabetes, you may find that your medical requirements can affect your work. For example, you may have to visit the doctor more frequently along with keeping your insulin in check throughout the day, and these could seriously impede your ability to work as you did before the progression of this disease. If you find yourself in this situation, you could have a rightful claim to disability benefits. 

Completing the claims process

Actually obtaining the disability benefits you deserve can be a complicated process. Sometimes, initial claims come back denied and you may need to appeal. You can lessen the stress and complication of this disease simply by reaching out for help. You do not have to navigate the disability claims process on your own.

With knowledgeable support, you can confront any challenges that arise, deal with any necessary appeals and effectively deal with the application process. If you have diabetes and can no longer work because of this disease, you may find it beneficial to explore the possibility of seeking disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.