Kidney disease is a term used for various kidney health conditions. Some of them may be life-threatening, while others are treatable. According to the National Kidney Foundation reports, about 37 million people in America suffer from kidney diseases, and tens of millions are at risk of developing them.
If you suffer from a kidney condition, you may qualify for Social Security benefits. However, the approval is not automatic. Your health must meet all the genitourinary disorders listed in the SSD blue book. A disability attorney can make sure you qualify for the benefits and help you navigate through the procedure.
Can I get disability benefits if I have kidney disease?
Yes. Kidney diseases are listed as an impairment for social security benefits. However, having a kidney disease is not enough. Believe it or not, showing medical reports of being diagnosed with kidney disease is not enough. You need to show that your kidney disease is enough to keep you out of employment for at least a period of one year.
Since there are various types of kidney diseases, they have different qualifying standards for each of them. For example, suppose you are diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. Here, you must show that you have low levels of serum albumin and high levels of proteinuria, enough to keep you out of work.
Which medical records do I need to prove my SSD claim?
Medical documentation is the most important piece of evidence to prove an SSD claim. Here is a list of all the documents you must gather to establish the existence and severity of kidney disease.
- A formal diagnosis
- Doctor’s notes
- Imaging scans
- Renal biopsies
- Other test results
Remember that the Social Security Administration will carefully review your medical records and documents. If they find even one doubt, it raises suspicion against you. You want to make sure that everything you submit is up-to-date and accurate. It is better to let an attorney go through everything before making the final submission.
Is having one kidney considered a disability?
People who have had one of their kidneys removed for a medical condition may wonder whether they qualify for disability benefits. The answer is yes, they do. However, having one kidney is only considered a disability when it forces you to stay out of work, just like any other kidney condition.
If you can no longer work full time because of your kidney disease, your condition may be considered a disability. Hire an attorney today to see if you have a case.