If you have an endocrine disorder like hypoglycemia or diabetes mellitus, you may have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”). The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all kinds of disability cases.
Serious complications may result from treatment for an endocrine disorder, which Social Security also evaluates under the affected body system. Cardiac arrhythmias are evaluated under the cardiovascular system, intestinal necrosis under the digestive system, and cerebral edema and seizures under neurological disorders. Recurrent episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) may result from mood or eating disorders, which are evaluated under mental disorders.
Chronic hyperglycemia is a condition where an individual has chronic, abnormally high levels of blood glucose, thus disrupting nerve and blood vessel functioning and causing long-term complications from diabetes. This disruption may affect other body systems.
The SSA evaluates diabetic peripheral neurovascular disease that leads to gangrene and subsequent amputation of an extremity under the musculoskeletal system; diabetic retinopathy under special senses and speech; coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease under the cardiovascular system; diabetic gastroparesis that results in abnormal gastrointestinal motility under the digestive system; diabetic nephropathy under the genitourinary system; poorly healing bacterial and fungal skin infections under skin disorders; diabetic peripheral and sensory neuropathies under neurological disorders; and cognitive impairments, depression, and anxiety under mental disorders.
Social Security may still evaluate endocrine disorders that do not have effects that meet or medically equal the criteria of any listing in other body systems. If an individual’s impairment does not meet or medically equal a listing in another body system, the residual functional capacity to engage in substantial gainful activity may still exist. If so, the analysis proceeds to the fourth and, if necessary, fifth steps of the sequential evaluation process.
The Social Security Administration has made a commitment to providing benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions unquestionably meet disability standards. Known as the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) process, it expediently identifies diseases and other medical conditions that qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical data. This process permits Social Security to focus on the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that it may obtain quickly. Thus, individuals with severe medical disorders theoretically may receive benefits sooner than others with a less serious impairment. As you can imagine, this Compassionate Allowance listing depicts dire medical conditions. It is not so easy to meet the criteria, but I do find several a year.
One of the best ways to make sure you understand all of the legal and medical requirements associated with an endocrine disorder and applying for disability benefits is to retain the services of an experienced, knowledgeable and qualified Social Security Disability attorney. Contact Sullivan Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so there is absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.