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Kidney Transplant And Disability Benefit Eligibility

By Kenton Koszdin on August 29, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

Kidney Transplant And Disability Benefit Eligibility

If you or someone you know has a genitourinary disorder resulting from certain conditions including, but not limited to, a kidney transplant, dialysis, or even anorexia, you may have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”). The Listing of Impairments lists impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), which is work that earns income above a certain threshold per month. In 2018, this is $1,180 for non-blind disabled applicants and $1,970 for blind applicants.

Chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis is a treatment for CKD that uses artificial means to remove toxic metabolic byproducts from the blood. Hemodialysis uses an artificial kidney machine to clean waste products from the blood while peritoneal dialysis uses a dialyzing solution that is introduced into and removed from the abdomen either on a continuous or intermittent basis.

Ongoing dialysis must have lasted or be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months. Social Security will accept a report from an acceptable medical source that describes the CKD and current dialysis, as well as indicating that such dialysis will be ongoing.

If undergoing chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, a CKD may meet the SSA’s definition of disability before the start of dialysis. The onset of disability is determined based on the facts contained in a claimant’s case record.

For claimants who have had a kidney or bone biopsy, Social Security requires a copy of the pathology report or statement from an acceptable medical source describing the results and verifying that a biopsy was performed.

If a claimant has received a kidney transplant, Social Security will consider him or her to be disabled under the chronic kidney disease category for 1 year from the date of transplant. Then the SSA will evaluate any residual impairments taking into account post-transplant function, episodes of rejection, complications in other body systems, and any adverse effects of ongoing treatment.

The CKD for claimants with transplants must meet Social Security’s definition of disability prior to the transplant. The onset of any disability will be determined by the facts in a clamant’s case record.

Claimants with Chronic kidney disease with a kidney transplant are considered to be disabled for 1 year from the date of transplant. Then the SSA will evaluate any residual impairments taking into account post-transplant function, episodes of rejection, complications in other body systems, and any adverse effects of ongoing treatment.

The CKD for claimants with transplants must meet Social Security’s definition of disability prior to the transplant. The onset of any disability will be determined by the facts in a clamant’s case record.

One of the best ways to make sure you understand all the steps and processes associated with applying for social security disability benefits is to retain the services of a qualified California Social Security Disability attorney. An injury, illness or disability may prevent anyone from performing his or her job to the best of his or her ability. My office is here to protect those who are injured on the job. My office is here to protect those who are disabled, sick, ill and unable to work. The primary goal of the Kenton Koszdin Law Office is to help our clients get as well as possible physically and financially. Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today for a free consultation. We even offer free in-home consultations! Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. It will be a pleasure to hear from you. Se habla espańol!

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