The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated SSD lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Kidney disease, or renal disease, occurs when the kidneys fail to filter the excess fluids and wastes in your blood, leaving them to build up in the body. It is a disease that progresses over time and increases your risks for other diseases, such as: anemia, cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, and more. Once the disease reaches end-stage kidney disease or kidney failure, dialysis and/or a kidney transplant is necessary to live.

There are two types of dialysis:

  • Hemodialysis
    A machine is used to pump the blood out of your body, filter the waste, and then pump the blood back into your body.
  • Peritoneal dialysis
    A solution is pumped into your body to absorb the excess fluids and wastes and carry them out of your body.

Kidney Disease and Social Security Disability

The SSA considers kidney disease a disabling condition and is evaluated under genitourinary impairments. Dependent on your condition and your age, you may qualify for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Chronic renal disease that has lasted or is expected to last for 12 months is evaluated by the following:

  • Chronic dialysis
    • Hemodialysis
    • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Kidney transplant
  • Persistent increase of serum creatinine (non-protein waste product) levels, lasting at least three months, with one of the following:
    • Persistent motor or sensory neuropathy
      What it is: damage to the nerves
    • Persistent fluid overload syndrome
      What it is: excessive water and salt retention
    • Diastolic hypertension greater than diastolic blood pressure of 110 mm
      What it is: elevated blood pressure measured between heart contractions (not during)
    • Persistent vascular congestion (despite therapy)
      What it is: swelling caused by fluid build up
  • Persistent anorexia with weight loss determined by body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.0 on at least two evaluations within a six-month period

We Can Build Your Disability Benefits Claim

Kidney disease is a debilitating condition that can cause severe symptoms throughout your entire body, including your nervous and cardiovascular systems. These complications can put you out of work for weeks, months, or even years. According to the SSA, people with kidney disease are eligible for benefits, but many of these claims may be denied.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Social Security Disability attorneys have built and defended claims for people just like you. Let us help you get your benefits—contact our firm by dialing (800) 477-7315. And remember—because we use the No Fee Guarantee®, you don’t owe us a dime unless we get benefits for you.

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