The Social Security Administration no longer considers type I meningitis as a disability in its Blue Book. However, you can qualify for benefits with diabetes if you develop other underlying symptoms or diseases either listed in the Blue Book or that seriously impair your ability to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). Although controlled diabetes is difficult to acquire disability for, but most diabetic applicants have other medical issues that impair their ability to work, you can qualify or disability if you have type I or type II diabetes meningitis.
What is Diabetes type I and type II and how it makes you eligible for SSDI?
The fundamental distinction between the two types of diabetes is that type 1 is a hereditary problem that frequently manifests early in infancy, whereas type 2 is mostly a diet-related disease that develops over time. Your immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas if you have type 1 diabetes. You may be eligible for disability compensation if your diabetes has resulted in skin or nerve issues, or organ damage that affects your ability to walk, stand, or use your hands.
Uncontrolled diabetes or accompanying symptoms such as peripheral neuropathy or poor vision may qualify you for Social Security disability benefits. In most cases, diabetes that is well-controlled with medication will not be enough to support a successful claim, most people with diabetes also have additional medical issues that limit their capacity to work. However, the key to make sure that your disability examiner is aware of the 'severity' of your condition is to consider while applying for diabetes disability benefits that you include all of your symptoms and diagnoses, even if they aren't related to your diabetes.
For example, a person can meet the criteria for Listing 11.14 for peripheral neuropathy if, despite therapy, he or she has involuntary movements, tremors, or partial paralysis in two extremities, making walking or using his or her hands problematic. Social Security Blue Book's Listing 2.02 would apply to diabetic retinopathy that causes vision loss of less than 20/200 in the better eye. Other diabetic consequences, such as renal failure, cardiovascular problems, or amputation of a limb, may meet or "equal" one of the Blue Book categories.
**Note that diabetic children under the age of 6 who require daily insulin or 24-hour supervision (depending on the child's age) will be deemed to meet Listing 109.08 until they reach the age of 6.
Qualifying for Medical Vocational Allowance for Disability Listing
Getting granted for disability payments through a medical-vocational allowance is by far the most popular method. If your diabetic symptoms prevent you from working at your previous employment or any other job in the economy, you may be eligible for medical-vocational benefits. When determining whether you're capable of meeting the demands of any full-time job, a medical-vocational allowance considers your age, education, vocational history, and Residual Functional Capacity (RFC).
For instance, a high glucose level due to diabetes type I could cause various other symptoms that impact your ability to perform your daily lifestyle activities normally. These may include:
- - eye disease, such as swelling, damaged blood vessels, and changes in fluid levels
- - heart disease or stroke, resulting from damage to the blood vessels and nerves of the heart
- - foot problems, including nerve damage and reduced blood flow
- - gum disease, due to high amounts of blood sugar in the saliva
- - skin conditions or infections, often resulting from reduced circulation
- - nerve problems, known as diabetic neuropathy
bladder or sexual problems, due to reduced blood flow in the bladder and to the genitals
- - kidney disease, resulting from damage to the blood vessels of the kidneys
- - high blood pressure, which can lead to kidney damage
Your disability examiner will analyze your symptoms to evaluate how each one impacts your daily functioning levels, such as walking, sitting, standing, bathing, lifting, talking, confusion-related symptoms, ability to complete tasks on time, communicating with an employer, etc. Moreover, your DE would also look at each of your diabetes-induced symptoms to evaluate whether you are able to take up any of jobs similar to your previous jobs or if you could perhaps take up less sedentary jobs that allow you to function with your current disability symptoms related to diabetes type I or type II meningitis.
Get Professional Help
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with type I or type II diabetes meningitis with limiting effects on your daily functioning levels, you may consult help from a professional disability attorney to qualify you for SSDI benefits without further delay.