Chronic Kidney Disease is a condition that can cause severe and permanent disability. Often, CKD will lead to kidney failure, a complex illness that affects your kidney’s ability to filter toxins from the blood. If you have CKD, you may be able to receive social security disability.
The Social Security Administration has specific guidelines for CKD and SSD benefits.
Are you in the later stages of kidney failure?
Normal functioning kidneys can filter from 120 to 150 quarts of blood daily. When you have kidney failure, your kidneys struggle to filter the typical amount of blood. There are five stages of kidney failure, with stage one kidneys being normal or high functioning and stage five being less than 15% of the average functioning level.
If you are in the later stages of kidney failure, you may be unable to work. If CKD prevents you from working for at least 12 months, you may be able to qualify for benefits.
Are your disabilities permanent?
Before you can apply for SSD, you need to document your condition. Hard medical evidence can back your claim of kidney failure. Permanent disability may include requiring kidney dialysis, suffering from nephrotic syndrome or undergoing a kidney transplant. If your symptoms last 12 months or more and you expect them to continue long-term, you may qualify for SSD benefits.
Some symptoms that may prevent you from working include swelling in the hands and feet and fatigue. To qualify, you must supply medical evidence, doctor’s diagnoses, imaging scans and a statement from your physicians.