Filing for SSDI for a Chronic Kidney Disease

Filing for SSDI for a Chronic Kidney Disease

Having a chronic kidney disease can severely impact your day-to-day function and financial situation. To support those suffering from this issue, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The eligibility and amount of compensation for SSDI are based on your previous work history and the type of disability you have. To learn more about filing an SSDI claim for a chronic kidney disease, keep reading and contact one of our Social Security disability lawyers for a consultation.

What Conditions Qualify for Disability Benefits?

To be eligible for disability benefits on the basis of a chronic kidney disease, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You need kidney dialysis.
  • You had a kidney transplant under one year ago.
  • You have reduced kidney function and one of the following:
    • Renal osteodystrophy – bone degeneration.
    • Peripheral neuropathy – a nerve tissue disease.
    • Fluid Overload syndrome – large blood vessels resulting from excess sodium and water retention.
    • Anasarca – swelling of the body.
    • Anorexia with weight loss – includes having a BMI of 18.0 or less.
  • You have nephrotic syndrome (a disease where protein is lost in urine).
  • The complications of your kidney disease have resulted in three or more hospitalizations in one year.

If you have a chronic kidney disease and meet one or more of the above eligibility criteria, you should contact a local lawyer as soon as possible to start the process of filing for SSDI benefits.

What if My Condition Does Not Fall under this List?

If your kidney disease does not meet one of the aforementioned qualifications, don’t worry. The SSA describes the listed disorders as examples of common disabilities that they consider severe enough to prevent someone from doing any gainful activity. Even if your chronic kidney disease doesn’t meet these criteria, any impairments to another body system will also be considered in your SSDI claim.

What Evidence or Documents do I Need?

Keeping detailed records and having as much evidence as possible relating to your chronic kidney disease will be extremely beneficial in ensuring the success of your SSDI claim. A skilled SSDI lawyer at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, can help you compile these documents and provide counsel on what should be included in your individual case.

You will need to provide records of all lab reports, surgeries, test results, and treatment outcomes. It would also be helpful to provide the results from an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) test and a kidney or bone biopsy, if you have had either test performed. Any time you visit the doctor’s office, they should provide you with a summary of your condition, your symptoms, and your limitations at that time to document your disease’s progression or regression.

Contact an SSDI Lawyer Today to Get Started on Your Claim

If you are filing an SSDI claim for a chronic kidney disease, you should not go through the process alone. An SSDI lawyer will be on your side every step of the way to get you the compensation you deserve. Even if your claim was denied the first time around, it’s not too late to contact an attorney at our firm to help you get the decision appealed.

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