Q The dialysis treatments for my diabetes-related kidney failure make it hard for me to keep a job, but my SSDI application was denied. Should I apply again?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict criteria by which it determines eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). You can read about the criteria for approval of disability benefits for applicants with diabetes in our article titled “Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Diabetes?”
Your application might have been rejected in the past, but diabetes is a chronic disease that can progress and worsen over time, especially if you were not able to make the lifestyle changes necessary to manage the disease. If you did not qualify the first time you applied for SSDI, you can apply again if your condition has progressed.
Diabetes affects every part of the body. It can cause additional medical conditions such as heart disease or, as in your case, kidney failure. It is important to mention all of your medical conditions when applying for SSDI. Even though diabetes is no longer included under the SSA’s listing of impairments, you may qualify for SSDI because of your chronic kidney disease.
Many people who apply for SSDI for diabetes-related conditions have their application rejected for reasons other than lack of demonstrated disability. The SSA may have denied your claim because the application was incomplete or you did not provide adequate supporting information to document your disability. If you decide to reapply for SSDI, we suggest that you consult with a Massachusetts disability benefits lawyer. Your attorney can help you complete your application and gather the documents necessary to support your disability claim.
To learn more, request a free copy of New England disability lawyer John Keefe's free book Unlocking the Mystery – The Essential Guide for Navigating the Social Security Disability Claims Process or contact Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847.