When you file for Social Security disability benefits in Florida, an examiner will review your case by referring to their Blue Book, which is a listing of impairments and the guidelines Social Security uses to make their determination in awarding benefits. The examiner looks for impairments in your medical records to support your Florida neuropathy claim.
Do your medical records support your case?
It is critical that every time you see the doctor you mention your nerve pain and your impairments. If the nerve pain is making it hard for you to move your legs and arms, or if you experienced tremors or other disabilities from the disease, tell you doctor every time.
Diabetics generally see the doctor on a regular basis, which means you should have more medical notes in your file. The bad news is that many times the doctor gets used to seeing you routinely so he doesn’t write notes down in the file. Diabetic patients need to be their own advocate. If you are complaining of pain in your hands and feet, make sure your doctor writes down your nerve complaints in your medical file and makes steps in diagnosing your nerve pain.
Because neuropathy is a symptom with many potential causes, it can be difficult to diagnose. Your doctor will have to determine what is causing your nerve damage. This typically includes:
- Physical exams
- Neurological exams
- Imaging tests
- Blood tests
- Medical history review
- Nerve function tests
If the pain is interfering with walking, getting around and working, let your doctor know. Medical notes typically do not include these things unless you make it a priority to tell you doctor how long you can sit or walk or how much you can carry or lift. Remember, diabetes generally only gets worse over time.
When you are dealing with a debilitating illness, it is hard to deal with the Social Security Administration at the same time. Turn to someone who knows how to navigate the process and get you the disability benefits in Florida that you deserve. Call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to talk with a South Florida disability attorney today.