I need some advice from diabetic on disability/SSi due to diabetes. I'm 41 year old woman suffering from diabetes retinopathy(left eye blurry, my right eye is leaking but vision is "ok" for now). My other diabetes complication stage 2 kidney disease, aniema,peripheral vascular disease in my legs(pain walking,foot numbness and sitting for a long time problem), I just had an infected diabetic ulcer that lead to a toe amputation on my right foot. I ask my state seasonal/temp/permatemp clerical desk job can they transfer me to a position that telecommutes but they claim there isn't any position. Right now I'm on stick leave for Feb and March because I'm recovering from my toe ampuation but I'm scared to go back to work because my diabetes complication could get worse by sitting and walking allot. I really need some advice
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Even when you have educated yourself, disability can still be VERY complicated and frustrating to obtain - particularly if you are feeling poorly. I am an insurance agent in Pennsylvania and have seen people have to jump through quite a few hoops to get their rightful government benefits. It would be wise to consult with a lawyer. If you cannot afford one, often Legal Aid in your county can help you.
I have helped two people file for SSDI and am about to embark on another one. I also have a good friend who is in the process. SSDI is a long and discouraging process. My ex had all kinds of test showing he was disabled, a reputable neurologist etc. But the standard seems to be deny on initial filing. Deny on protest. Often you will get it when you finally get a court date with an ALJ but not always.
What my ex's lawyer and my friend's lawyer said is to file the initial app yourself. Find a reason for the protest, they usually make it easy by neglecting to get medical records from one of your drs., and then get a lawyer for your ALJ filing. This worked well for my ex, did not work yet for my friend and one other friend actually bypassed it all and got it on the first try. His records were no better or worse than the other two so the reviewer must have been having a good day.
My step-daughter has been rejected but because others had a hand in filling out the papers (state agencies that seem to have done nothing) I am going to tackle that now. I know when I first got custody of her when she was a teen there was an SSI app that her mother had filed that apparently was denied. We have no idea if the two state agencies actually filed her adult app or not and they aren't telling either.
It is a difficult process but worth it when you finally get some help. Good Luck.
I can't file for SSDI because I don't have the job history credit so I can only file for SSI. I need all the advice because I don't believe I'm going to be approve( I have retinopathy in both eyes but my vision not legally blind and my feet/legs hurt due to poor circulation)
My step daughter ended up getting SSI because she has never worked. She received it until she got married and her husband's income was too high. One part of SSI is lack of income/assets. It turns out this is what caused my step daughter's first claim to be denied when she was a minor. Her step-father made too much money for her to get help.
Renal failure seems to be a fast track but I'm not sure if your kidney problems will be considered actual failure. You may want to look for a local agency to help you file if you are feeling like you are lost. It seems that getting approved has more to do with what reviewer you get than anything you do or don't do.