The new infographic on diabetes and disability applications details the essential qualifications people must meet in order to obtain benefits. Two important requirements that applicants must establish are that they have the required number of work credits and that their disability will prevent them from working for at least one year. Diabetes is one such condition that can be disabling. The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists diabetes under the category of endocrine disorders.
The SSA states that some people with this condition are unable to “achieve good control” of their blood sugar levels which may cause disabling complications. Specifically, failure to “achieve good control” can result in hyperglycemia (too much sugar) or hypoglycemia (too little sugar) (i). If you are a diabetic who has been denied benefits, then you should contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at our Warwick, Rhode Island office.
Many people find the disability application process difficult but according to a recent article from CNN Money a number of people are also experiencing difficulties after they have obtained benefits. Specifically, the article reported that the SSA has overpaid benefits and then demanded that the beneficiary refund the overpayment.
An audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that the SSA had made “$1.3 billion in overpayments in just two years.” A representative of the GAO stated that the SSA has to “balance their resources between getting people off the rolls and getting people on the rolls.” The article detailed the story of Elizabeth Siener who received such overpayments. She began working in the summer of 2012 but still received benefits. She notified the SSA of this fact but the SSA stated that the benefits were for an underpayment in a previous year. The SSA then demanded a refund for the $40,000 in overpayments. Consumer advocates and lawyers argue that the SSA should have to bear the cost of its own mistakes. One advocate said, “What is so frustrating is not just the fact that getting an overpayment throws them into turmoil financially, for some of the people their main disability is anxiety and depression so this renders them almost incapable of working (ii).”
The experienced Social Security Disability lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates are dedicated to providing client-centered legal services to Rhode Island residents. We can help you establish your case to the SSA and we will fight for any past due benefits you are entitled to receive. Our Warwick, Rhode Island office is conveniently located near Interstate 95. We also have fourteen other locations throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Feel free to call our law firm anytime at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free legal consultation.d’Oliveira & Associates
Warwick, RI 02888
Phone: (401) 490-6907
- (i) Social Security Administration, Endocrine Disorders.
- (ii) ‘Critical Failures’ Lead to Social Security Overpayments, October 29, 2013.