While millions of people in this country are able to continue working despite their diabetes, many others suffer from physical damage that can make it impossible to effectively perform the functions of their job. If your diabetes is preventing you from working, it is important to talk to a knowledgeable attorney about your situation.
At Crowe & Shanahan in St. Louis, we are committed to helping people with diabetes get the Social Security Disability benefits they need. You can rely on receiving the one-on-one representation you deserve from an accessible attorney who thinks of you as a person — not just another case file number.
Unlike many Social Security Disability firms, we aren't worried about maintaining a national practice. We take pride in focusing our resources right here in St. Louis, eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. To schedule a consultation with a St. Louis diabetes disability attorney, please contact our law office online or call 314-231-6660, toll free at 877-213-7793.
How Is Diabetes Affecting You?
Diabetes can have many damaging effects that make working difficult or impossible. Among the common damage associated with diabetes is:
- Nerve damage to the hand or foot
- Foot ulcers, which can mean amputation
- Organ damage, including kidney disease, which can mean needing dialysis
- Eye and retina injuries, which can eventually lead to blindness
To qualify for benefits, we will have to demonstrate that your ability to function is being hampered by diabetes and its complications. Our lawyers can work directly with your doctors to help document the severity of your disability and your limitations. You will have to be unable to work for a continuous period of at least 12 months. However, if you are eventually able to return to work, you could receive back pay for your "closed period" of disability.
Specific Diabetic Conditions
You must speak directly to an experienced SSDI/SSI attorney regarding your exact situation, but certain conditions are known to lead to extended periods of being unable to work:
- Diabetic neuropathy: Nerve damage associated with diabetes. Occurs when high blood sugar injures nerve endings throughout the body, including the arms, hands, legs and feet.
- Diabetic retinopathy: A complication of diabetes that affects your eyes and is caused by damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye. Controlling your blood sugar properly can greatly reduce your risk and the symptoms of this condition.
Contact Crowe & Shanahan Today: Experienced SSD Attorneys
Whether you have Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes, if your condition is preventing you from working, we can help. Contact our St. Louis law office online today, or call our firm at 314-231-6660, toll free at 877-213-7793, to schedule a consultation with a seasoned Social Security Disability lawyer.