The Initial Decision by the SSA Doesn't Have to Be the Final DecisionThe majority of initial Social Security disability applications for people suffering from diabetes are denied. It can be both frustrating and scary to be denied benefits. However, the initial decision by the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn’t have to be the final decision.

If your initial application for Social Security disability benefits was denied and you believe that you are eligible for benefits, then there are further actions that you can take to get the benefits that you deserve. Benefits that can help you if you can’t work due to diabetes or a related complication.

When to Consider Further Action

You may be able to successfully appeal your denied claim or reapply for benefits in certain circumstances. Which action you take depends on why your application was initially denied and your current condition. You may want to take action if:

  • There was a mistake on your initial application. Many people who apply for Social Security disability for diabetes-related conditions have their application rejected for reasons other than lack of demonstrated disability. The Social Security Administration may have denied your claim because the application was incomplete or because you did not provide adequate supporting information to document how your diabetes resulted in your disability.

  • You feel the denial was in error. Sometimes the Social Security Administration just makes a mistake. Your application may have been complete and may have demonstrated your disability, but the reviewer came to the wrong conclusion. The Social Security disability appeals process gives you a way to correct this error and get the benefits that you deserve.

  • Your condition has worsened. Your application might have been rejected in the past, but diabetes is a chronic disease that can progress and worsen over time. If you did not qualify the first time you applied for Social Security disability, you can apply again if your condition has progressed and you are no longer able to manage your condition with lifestyle changes and medications.

  • You develop a diabetes complication. Diabetes can affect different parts of the body. It can cause additional medical conditions such as heart disease, vision problems, or kidney failure. Even if your type 1 or type 2 diabetes does not qualify you for Social Security disability, the complication that you developed may make you eligible for benefits. For example, if you require dialysis for kidney failure related to your diabetes and you are unable to work then you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. 

It is important to appeal your denial or submit a new application appropriately so that you maximize your chances of having your claim approved and getting the disability benefits that you deserve. There are benefits and costs to appealing and reapplying for benefits. Each case is unique and the pros and cons of both an appeal and a new application should be considered carefully before you decide what to do next.

Don’t Take Further Action Alone

You have too much at stake to make a mistake with the next step in the Social Security disability approval process. With the different processes for appeals and reapplications, it is important that you do the right thing for your unique situation so that you get the benefits that you deserve as soon as possible.

For that reason, we suggest that you consult with a disability benefits lawyer before filing an appeal or reapplying for Social Security disability benefits. Your attorney can help you file your appeal or complete your application and gather the documents necessary to support your disability claim so that you maximize your chances of being successful this time.

If your diabetes keeps you from working or if you suffer a diabetes complication that makes you eligible for Social Security disability then we encourage you to begin protecting your rights today. Please download a free copy of our book, Unlocking the Mystery ­– The Essential Guide for Navigating the Social Security Disability Claims Process or contact Keefe Disability Law to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at your convenience.

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John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer