Nerve Damage Disability Claim Rejected?
People with severe diabetic neuropathy and other nerve damage conditions may qualify for disability benefits under either the SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSD (Social Security Disability) program. If you have applied and had your claim rejected, you’re not alone.
In fact, over 65% of first time applicants to either program have to appeal to get their benefits. Because the effects of neuropathy can range from mild to debilitating, it is often necessary to gather additional medical evidence to support your disability claim.
Is Neuropathy in the Hands and Feet a Disability?
Whether or not your neuropathy is considered a disability depends on how it limits your ability to work. Typically, this is through any recurring tremors, involuntary movements, numbness, and pain caused by the neuropathy. You may also qualify for peripheral neuropathy disability under Social Security if the condition leads to a reduced ability to walk, stand for an extended period of time or to control your balance and movements. Chronic pain and depression are experienced by many neuropathy sufferers and are also factors that can prevent someone with neuropathy from working.
Submitting a Diabetic Neuropathy Disability Claim
The first step in submitting a claim for disability due to diabetic neuropathy is to determine which program you qualify under. If you’ve worked previously and paid into the Social Security system, you may qualify under SSD. If you have never worked, or have not worked long enough to qualify for SSD, you can still apply under SSI, which is a needs-based program.
Once you determine which program you qualify under, the next step is to gather sufficient medical evidence to prove your neuropathy has limited your ability to provide for yourself. This can include test and lab test results, records of hospitalizations due to pain or other complications from neuropathy, and detailed doctor’s reports outlining the extent and severity of your symptoms.
Lack of sufficient medical evidence is the number one reason a person is denied SSD or SSI benefits for a neuropathy disability. It’s important to be as thorough as possible when making your submission.
Denied Disability for Neuropathy?
If you have nerve damage that makes it difficult for you to work, of course you expect to get disability benefits. In fact, you may rely on securing benefits to pay for medical care and other everyday costs while you deal with your neuropathy symptoms. Perhaps you have an official diagnosis from a medical professional and have a history of medical treatment. Even with this type of evidence, you may be denied disability benefits.
You could be denied disability benefits for any number of reasons. You may not submit adequate medical evidence or there may be discrepancies in your paperwork. Any small errors in your application also affect your ability to secure benefits. Finally, you may not have enough medical evidence in your file to prove the severity of your disability. In order to secure benefits for neuropathy, you need able to demonstrate your condition affects your ability to work significantly and for at least a year.
If you have been denied disability benefits for your condition, contact Lisa M. Ritacco. If you have been denied, you do have the right to an appeal, but you will want to work with an experienced disability attorney to ensure your appeal has the best chance of success. Lisa M. Ritacco focuses exclusively on Social Security and workers’ compensation benefits, so you get the personalized and focused support you need.
Proving Eligibility for Neuropathy Disability Benefits
Proving neuropathy disability eligibility begins with meticulous record-keeping. It is difficult to overstate the importance of keeping as much documentation as possible. Always keep a record of which doctors you have visited and when, as well as details of your medical treatments. Keep a list of symptoms and work tasks you could not complete because of your neuropathy symptoms. Keep receipts for any expenses related to your neuropathy and medical treatment. For example, keep receipts for any medication, but also keep receipts for any taxicabs you have to take because you were too ill to drive. The more you can show how neuropathy affects your ability to work and function, the more you can show your disability eligibility.
In addition to keeping careful records, you can prove neuropathy eligibility for benefits by visiting a medical professional. Never skip a medical appointment if at all possible. Showing up for doctors’ appointments ensures there is a paper trail to prove your condition. It also shows your condition is serious and that you are taking the necessary steps to treat your neuropathy.
If you find it daunting to try to prove your neuropathy or if you have already been denied benefits, contact Lisa M. Ritacco for legal support. Lisa M. Ritacco can help explain exactly which records and documents you should be submitting with your application or your appeal to ensure the best chance of success. She and her team can also work to secure the medical documentation and evidence you need to ensure you have the best chance of securing benefits.
Contact Ritacco Disability Law for Help
Lisa. M. Ritacco has nearly a decade of experience handling SSD and SSI claims. Whether you’re applying for benefits for the first time, or going through the appeal process after your initial claim has been rejected, our team can help you gather evidence that may improve your chances of success.
At Ritacco Disability Law, your initial consultation is always free, and there’s no fee unless your claim is approved. Don’t delay in scheduling a consultation — appeals to previous decisions must be filed within 60 days of the date indicated on your denial letter.