Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease or Preliminary Diseases Should File for Social Security Disability
March, for many, is a month to focus on the kidneys and kidney disorders, including chronic glomerulonephritis, hypertensive nephropathy, diabetic nephropathy, chronic obstructive uropathy, and hereditary nephropathies, which can all cause chronic kidney disorder. When these preliminary diseases progress, they can cause the patient to suffer end-stage kidney disease, and require hemodialysis to cleanse the blood. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 20 million Americans have some type of kidney disease and do not know it.
If you are in early stage kidney (also called “renal”) disease, and your kidney problems last for at least a year, you could qualify for even a small amount of social security disability. According to the Social Security Administration, you must provide doctor’s evidence, including symptoms and laboratory findings, regarding your kidney disease. If you have had a kidney or bone biopsy to diagnose your kidney disease, the SSA needs a copy of that as well.
End-stage renal disease can cause drastic changes in lifestyle, because the patient must undergo dialysis on a regular basis. Regular dialysis can prevent you from working, which qualifies you for social security disability – your medical condition prevents you from maintaining a job or career.
One sufferer of chronic kidney disorder, called Ebie, says that social security disability income “can [help patients] provide for themselves better and have a high quality of life.” With some income, dialysis patients do not have to worry about falling into financial instability or becoming a financial burden on their family while they undergo treatment for kidney disease or end-stage renal failure.
Additionally, if you receive a kidney transplant, you may qualify for social security disability benefits, even if your disability is temporary. The SSA considers you disabled for one year after the transplant, so you can receive social security disability benefits while you focus on recovery, and figure out what your next steps are for returning to the work force, or if your chronic kidney disease will leave you disabled for a longer period of time.
As Ebie says, “quality of life is everything.”
The Strom Law Firm Can Help You Obtain Social Security Disability Benefits
If you suffer chronic kidney disease, or another type of disease that will leave you disabled and focused on medical treatment for at least one year, you may be eligible for social security disability benefits. However, over 60% of first-time applicants have their applications denied. This can cause distress if you do not know to expect it, and do not have anyone to help guide you through the process.
Fortunately, the Social Security Administration offers an appeals process, which has four steps, leading up to court hearings. You can follow the appeals process all the way through, but you may need assistance with the more complicated legal workings.
The Social Security Disability Benefits attorneys at the Strom Law Firm understand the intricacies of applying for disability benefits, so contact us today. We offer free case evaluations and can help you with your social security disability benefits application and appeals process. Contact us for help. 803.252.4800