Why workers with diabetes may need long-term disability

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2019 | ERISA Disability Benefits

Most Americans work to support and provide for their families. Unfortunately, doing so can be challenging for those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. That’s because certain aspects of their condition can often keep them from performing their job for long periods, especially if they are older.

In some instances, older workers with diabetes may find that their long-term disability claims get denied, which can provide substantial hardship for those who have diabetes and their loved ones.

How diabetes can impact workers

As both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are considered endocrine disorders, a person’s energy and ability to work often get determined by their blood sugar level. This is how the condition can impact one’s job performance:

  • They experience frequent fatigue, which could affect one’s focus and attention to detail when working on specific tasks.
  • Their blurred vision may put other workers and themselves at higher risk of production errors or injury.
  • Their body may have a harder time healing from certain wounds, causing them a significant amount of pain, potentially decreasing their productivity.

Injured workers deserve compensation

Getting denied long-term disability can cause hardship for those with diabetes and their families. Luckily, there are options available. In many cases, those who got rejected have approximately six months to appeal. However, if one’s claim still gets rejected, they may want to seek legal help. A dedicated and diligent attorney can give their clients credible representation in federal court and get them the compensation they need.