Anyone who has advanced kidney disease or end stage renal disease can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits if they no longer can work because of the medical problems associated with their condition. When you apply for Social Security disability benefits you should submit your full medical history and any medical documentation you have that will show you are eligible to receive benefits based on the criteria set by the Social Security Administration.
How to Blue Book Can Help You Medically Qualify with End Stage Renal Disease
The Social Security Administration uses the Blue Book to judge the eligibility of claims. All of the medical conditions that make someone eligible for disability benefits are listed in the Blue Book along with any special requirements or conditions that the SSA has set for that condition. There is an entire section of the Blue Book devoted to genitourinary disorder so someone with end stage renal disease could qualify for benefits based on several different conditions like:
- Chronic kidney disease with chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis that has lasted or is expected to last for 12 months.
- Chronic kidney disease with a kidney transplant. 12 months after the transplant, the SSA will consider your disability based on any other affected body systems.
- Chronic kidney disease, with impairment of kidney function, with reduced glomerular filtration, which is the rate at which your kidneys filter waste and chemicals out of the blood stream, shown by laboratory findings on two occasions at least 90 days apart during a consecutive 12-month period showing abnormal levels of serum creatinine or creatinine, or a low glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).
- Complications of chronic kidney disease requiring at least three 48-hour hospitalizations more than 30 days apart within a consecutive 12-month period.
Submitting medical evidence showing that you meet any of the genitourinary listings is necessary in order to get your claim approved.
Medical Evidence Do I Need to Win an End Sage Renal Disease Claim?
When you submit your claim and your medical records the SSA will look for these medical tests and specific reports:
- Serum creatinine
- Serum albumin
- Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)
- Imaging tests that may show evidence of your kidney disease, such as X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, or ultrasound.
- Urine tests
- Kidney or bone biopsy
If you’re not sure if you should include other medical reports or tests you can ask your doctor what medical records you should submit with your claim.
Help Filing for Disability Benefits with End Stage Renal Disease
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