If you have diabetes are you automatically eligible for Social Security Disability?

Nothing is automatic with Social Security Disability.

You must apply for disability and you must show that your limitations keep you from working.

With diabetes you must prove that you are compliant.

This means that you are taking your medications and following the doctor’s orders regarding your diet and other recommendations.

Some of the problems that result from diabetes include neuropathy.

This means numbness and pain in the nerves in the hands and feet.

If you have neuropathy in the feet but not the hands and are under 50 years of age, then you may not be considered disabled.

The reason is that if you can some type of job then Social Security rules provide that you are not disabled.

Often a problem with the feet alone will confine you to a sit down job but not stop you from working completely.

If you are over the age of 50 years and are limited to a sit down job then you may be found disabled.

If your diabetes is severe and causes neuropathy in the hands and feet, then you have a very good chance of being found disabled no matter what your age.

This is because most sit down jobs require frequent use of the hands.

Questions about your diabetes and Social Security Disability? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.