November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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26 million people in America cope with diabetes every day. Each year in November, the American Diabetes Association encourages the American public to participate in a campaign to help with the research, treatment and cure of this disease during National Diabetes Month. All across the nation, a concerted effort is made to raise awareness of the condition and its effects on families and communities.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscore the desperate need for action. One person is diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds. The number of deaths due to diabetes is higher than those from AIDS and breast cancer combined. The CDC estimates that one third of adults in America will be diagnosed with diabetes by the year 2050.

Most likely, you or someone that you know or love is affected by this disease. In many cases, the disease prevents people from working and performing daily tasks. Fortunately, that does not have to mean financial devastation. Oftentimes, Social Security Disability benefits can help. How can you get Social Security Disability if you are diagnosed with diabetes and unable to continue working due to the effects of your condition?

The first step is to apply for SSDI either in person at your local social security office, using the services of a qualified Social Security Disability lawyer or representative to apply on your behalf, or applying online at the Social Security Administration's website. With either method, you will need a good amount of documentation to support your application. This includes employment and tax information as well as detailed medical information along with a signed consent form to release your medical records.

In general, Social Security defines disability as a condition that prevents someone from working for a minimum of twelve months or one that is expected to result in death. The SSA maintains a list of disabling conditions that qualify for Social Security Disability benefits and diabetes is among the conditions that are contained in the list. However, in order to qualify for disability benefits, be prepared to endure a long process of that will include detailed questions regarding your particular medical condition including written verification from your treating physicians.

The Social Security Disability application process can take six months or longer depending on the circumstances of your case. In most instances, your claim will be denied based on any number of reasons. You then have the right to appeal the SSA's decision. Fortunately, nearly two-thirds of disability appeals are awarded to Social Security Disability applicants.

Do not hesitate to begin the process of applying for Social Security Disability payments if you have been unable to work due to your condition. If you need help with a denial, there are many disability attorneys and advocates who will take your case on a contingency basis. Their fees can be paid from the lump sum of retroactive benefits that you will receive from the SSA when your claim is approved.

Until there is a cure for this disease, get the help you need to maintain the quality of life you deserve. Apply for Social Security Disability benefits to get the help that you are entitled to. And remember to observe the challenges facing individuals who are battling with this condition in November!