Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most serious diseases known to man, both in Texas and through out the world. Often times, despite good medical care and patient compliance with treatment, diabetes prevents hard working Texans from working. Until June of 2011, the “Listing” for Diabetes Mellitus provided for disability benefits if the following criterion was met:
“A. Neuropathy demonstrated by significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station (see 11.00C); or
B. Acidosis occurring at least on the average of once every 2 months documented by appropriate blood chemical tests (pH or pC02 or bicarbonate levels); or
C. Retinitis proliferans; evaluate the visual impairment under the criteria in 2.02, 2.03, or 2.04”
The medical “Listing” for diabetes was removed from Social Security Disability regulations in June 2011, over the protests of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR) and the American Diabetes Association.
Does that mean that social security disability benefits are not available now for Diabetes? Absolutely not. The Listing for Diabetes Mellitus former found in the regulations was often difficult to meet anyway, and usually reflected a near life threatening case of Diabetes. Good medical care usually precludes a listing level diabetes case. A consideration of any disability listing is just one step in the process. A social security disability Administrative Law Judge must still consider and determine the functional limitations caused by your Diabetes.
Texas Social Security adjudicators and Administrative Law Judges see diabetic claimants frequently, and are familiar with the irritability, distorted vision, fatigue, numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, as well as depression, that often come along with Diabetes. It takes an experienced social security local attorney to marshal the evidence and present your diabetes disability in a convincing and persuasive manner.