Last Friday’s blog entry discussed disability benefits and diabetes. Today, I received an approval of another claimant with diabetes just two months after filing his application for Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits.
The 52 year old claimant had worked for over 20 years as a truck driver. His diabetes not only resulted in neuropathy, but also prevented a broken ankle from healing properly. Neuropathy and difficulty healing are both symptoms of diabetes.
It must have been readily obvious that a person who has those conditions is incapable of working as a truck driver, which not only requires heavy lifting, but also using foot controls. Because of the special medical – vocational rules that applied in the claimant’s case, even if he had been capable of performing sedentary desk work, he would have been entitled to SSD benefits.