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Social Security Disability and Chronic Kidney Disease

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on May 29, 2019 | In Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability and Chronic Kidney Disease

If you have chronic kidney failure and your condition is severe, you may likely be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits.

Chronic kidney failure (CKF) is also known as chronic renal failure and end stage renal failure. For the Social Security Administration, this disease falls into its “genitourinary” diseases.

An applicant with CKF may be eligible for benefits if:

  • Regular dialysis is necessary.
  • They have had a kidney transplant.
  • They have nephrotic syndrome.
  • They have a reduced glomerular filtration combined with symptoms of damage.

Complications of Chronic Kidney Disease

An applicant may be eligible for SSDI even without one of the above-listed diagnoses. If you have serious complications over the past year, you may qualify for these benefits. Some of these complications include:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hypertensive crisis
  • Acute kidney failure requiring hemodialysis
  • Stroke

Eligibility may require recent hospitalizations for these complications 

Medical Evidence

To prove disability from CKD, the Social Security Administration requires a medical history with complete information on hospitalizations, medical treatment notes from all doctors and lab test results that show progressive renal disease and deterioration of kidney function. If you are on dialysis, a doctor’s statement documenting the need for ongoing dialysis is necessary.

Many individuals with CKD but who do not have the above problems and complications are still unable to work due to kidney failure. In this case, you may still be eligible for SSDI if you can demonstrate that the limitations from this disease prevent you from working. For example, you may suffer from fatigue caused by anemia; shortness of breath; bone pain; swelling of the feet or knees. You may also have debilitating side effects from medication and therapy.

Learn More about CKD and Social Security Disability Eligibility

You can read more about applying for SSDI for those with Chronic Kidney Disease in our blogs:

We Can Help with Your Social Security Disability Claim or Appeal

If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately.  Call our Los Angeles County office at 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home.  The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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