Kidney failure, also called end stage renal disease or Stage Five Kidney Disease, is a serious condition and is recognized as such by the Social Security Administration. To qualify as kidney failure for Social Security Disability purposes, you must have received or need a transplant or need to be on dialysis to survive.
The exact specifications regarding kidney failure are listed in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. Most doctors and all Social Security Disability lawyers will be familiar with what is need to substantiate a disability claim due to kidney failure.
Those who are suffering from kidney failure do not generally experience much difficulty qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits if their paperwork is in order, as those with kidney failure clearly can not be expected to perform any meaningful labor. Because of this, those with kidney failure typically qualify for a compassionate allowance, which enables a Social Security Disability claim to be accepted in a matter of about three weeks rather than several months or years which most Social Security Disability cases tend to take.
Additionally, those with kidney failure are able to qualify for Medicare as soon as Social Security Disability is approved, rather than needing to wait two years (as most Social Security Disability beneficiaries do).
Kidney Failure and Your Ability to Perform Physical Work
Kidney failure makes it impossible to perform even light physical work due to the constant need for dialysis. Those suffering from end stage renal disease are generally confined to their homes or a treatment facility until they can receive a transplant. Those who do receive a kidney transplant are still considered disabled for at least one year after the transplant and are eligible for Social Security Disability benefits during that time as long as they meet the other requirements (quarters worked for SSDI and income limits for SSI).
Those in earlier stages of kidney disease may find it helpful to retain a Social Security Disability lawyer to help make their case for Social Security Disability. Additionally, if you are turned down for Social Security Disability benefits while suffering from kidney failure, you should absolutely seek the help of a Social Security Disability attorney. Generally speaking, kidney failure represents an open and shut case in which the sufferer is found to be clearly disabled, making them unable to continue performing any kind of meaningful work.
Kidney Failure and Your Ability to Perform Sedentary Work
Those who have kidney failure are not generally capable of performing any work, including sedentary work. While many Social Security Disability claimants have a difficult time proving that they cannot perform any kind of sedentary (sit down) work without extenuating circumstances, the Social Security Administration recognizes kidney failure as a condition which clearly hinders sufferers from performing even the lightest of tasks for any period of time.
If you do receive a kidney transplant, you are likely to be re-evaluated a year after your transplant to determine whether you are still eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. If your condition has improved as a result of your transplant, you will be expected to return to find employment. If there are circumstances which preclude this, you should consider having a Social Security Disability lawyer represent you, as they will know what the SSA is looking for in determining whether or not you are still completely disabled.
Make sure that your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits clearly states that you have kidney failure (end stage renal disease) and that the appropriate medical documentation is included. Because kidney failure qualifies you for a compassionate allowance, you should expect to receive a decision on your case within three weeks. If you don’t, contact the Social Security Administration to find out why you haven’t or contact a Social Security Disability lawyer to represent you.