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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Living with Type 1 diabetes can be challenging, and if the condition has made it impossible for you to work, you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Florida. However, the application process can be complex, and mistakes are common. In this blog post, brought to you by Disability Advocates Group, we will discuss six common mistakes to avoid when applying for SSDI or SSI with Type 1 diabetes to increase your chances of a successful application.

Mistake 1: Neglecting Comprehensive Medical Records

One of the most crucial aspects of your application is providing thorough and up-to-date medical records. When dealing with Type 1 diabetes, make sure you include:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Records: Clearly state the date of your diagnosis, and provide records of your treatment history, including insulin regimens, medications, and any surgeries related to your condition.
  • Blood Sugar Monitoring: Include blood sugar logs that demonstrate your blood sugar levels and how frequently you need to monitor them.
  • Complications: Document any complications associated with your Type 1 diabetes, such as neuropathy, retinopathy, or kidney disease.

Mistake 2: Overlooking Functional Limitations

For your application to be successful, you must show how your Type 1 diabetes limits your ability to work and perform daily activities. Describe your functional limitations accurately, including any pain, fatigue, or cognitive difficulties that impact your work and life.

Mistake 3: Not Seeking Professional Assistance

The SSDI and SSI application process can be complex and overwhelming, especially when dealing with a medical condition like Type 1 diabetes. Engaging a professional attorney from Disability Advocates Group can help you navigate the process, ensuring your application is complete and accurate.

Mistake 4: Ignoring Deadlines

SSDI and SSI applications have specific deadlines, and missing them can result in delays or denials. Ensure you submit all required documents and adhere to the application deadlines.

Mistake 5: Underestimating the Impact of the Condition

It’s essential to be honest about the severity of your Type 1 diabetes and how it affects your life. If you downplay your symptoms or exaggerate your ability to work, it can negatively affect your application.

Mistake 6: Failing to Provide Updated Information

Type 1 diabetes is a dynamic condition that requires ongoing management and monitoring. Keep your medical records and information up to date, as changes in your condition can impact your eligibility for SSDI or SSI.

Applying for SSDI or SSI with Type 1 diabetes can be a complex process. However, by avoiding these common mistakes, you can increase your chances of a successful application and ensure you receive the financial support you need to manage your condition.

Don’t navigate the application process alone. The attorneys at Disability Advocates Group are here to assist you throughout the process, from initial application to potential appeals. Contact us today to discuss your case, and let us help you secure the benefits you deserve to maintain your quality of life.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.