Good Afternoon. I have been a professional Truck Driver for almost thirty years. I am also diabetic. Within the last two months I became insulin dependent, and today my doctor just added a second type of insulin. Because of the insulin dependency, the D.O.T. laws I can no longer drive a commercial vehicle. I am also suffering problems with chronic dizziness not yet diagnosed. Meniers disease is a potential cause, a malady that causes dizziness, tinitus and severe headaches. Based on the insulin dependency, what are the chances of getting disability from the Social Security administration. I'm fifty five and have been working for forty years. The last thirty as a driver. It's pretty much all I know any more. Also, would the added diagnosis of Meniers disease, which is not curable and treatment is met with limited sucess, help in the application process to get disability? The insulin dependency is for sure. The Meniers is not as of yet. What can you tell me. How should I proceed, or should I try at all? Thank you in advance for your answer and your help.
I'm in the process of obtaining the diagnosis for the Meniers however that may take a month or so. I have to see an E.N.T. doctor and then get an MRI to be sure there are no tumors or other causes for the dizziness.
Hello and welcome to Just Answer. For over 32 years, I have answered questions just like yours. And I look forward to assisting you. Based on what you have told me, if you were sitting in my office, I would advise you to apply for SSD. Note, to get benefits, it is not just the diagnosis that matters. As important, the SSA needs to determine if you can return to your previous work AND if there is any other work you can do based on your impairments. As such, you cannot be a driver because of the DOT requirements. Likewise, at age 55, the SSA considers whether you ahve any transferrable skills to do any work. And here is where you get a break because at age 55 or older, there is a presumption that you have no transferrable skills if you have done your same job for over 15 years. So you have an EXCELLENT chance of getting SSD benefits and should apply which you can do on line at ssa.gov.
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