Our Arizona SSDI lawyers for chronic kidney disease help people get the disability benefits they deserve. Pekas Smith Disability Attorneys represent people in Social Security Disability Insurance claims based on kidney disease.
It’s our goal for you to succeed in the benefits application process. Our lawyers want you to receive the benefits you deserve in a timely manner. We assist with the entire application process. Call or message us today for a free consultation about your case.
Legal Representation for SSDI for Chronic Kidney Disease
According to the American Kidney Fund, 807,000 Americans live with kidney failure. Often, their symptoms prevent them from working. People suffering from chronic kidney disease are left wondering how to meet their needs and provide for their families.
Kidney disease can be a qualifying disability for SSDI payments.
An SSDI applicant must meet medical and technical eligibility requirements. A person may receive benefits if they can’t work because of a severe medical condition. The condition must have lasted or be expected to last one year or more or result in death. The applicant must have a qualifying work history or qualification based on the work history of a family member.
Generally, benefits begin the sixth month after the onset of disability, following a five-month waiting period.
Pekas Smith Disability Attorneys help people who cannot work to claim benefits for chronic kidney disease. Having legal representation for SSDI for chronic kidney disease gives you trained professionals to navigate the process. We will personalize our representation to your needs.
Social Security Disability for Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease is a loss of kidney function. The kidneys have the important task of filtering waste and fluid from the body. If the kidneys fail, toxins build up. The condition may be serious before a person notices symptoms.
Chronic kidney disease may interfere with working in many ways, including:
- Fatigue, muscle cramps
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite
- Swelling, especially in the feet and ankles
- Trouble focusing, decline in cognitive abilities
- Complications like high blood pressure and fluid buildup which may result in other medical problems, including cardiovascular problems and stroke
- Sensory malfunctions and numbness
- Chronic pain
- The need for dialysis and other time-consuming medical care
It’s not enough to have kidney disease to get benefits. It’s when your condition prevents you from working that you may qualify to receive a monthly benefit payment.
Does chronic kidney disease qualify for disability?
Yes, chronic kidney disease may qualify for disability. If you can’t maintain employment because of your symptoms and you meet other standards for SSDI, you may receive payments based on chronic kidney disease.
SSDI payments for chronic kidney disease are not means tested. You may be prohibited from receiving benefits if you have significant earned income. However, assets alone are not a consideration in an SSDI application.
Qualifying for Compensation – SSDI Listing of Impairments for Chronic Kidney Disease
Disability evaluation for chronic kidney disease falls into a broader category of Genitourinary Disorders, Section 6.01 of the Blue Book Adult Listings. Disorders resulting in kidney disease may include:
- Chronic glomerulonephritis
- Hypertensive nephropathy
- Diabetic nephropathy
- Chronic obstructive uropathy
- Hereditary nephropathies
- Nephrotic syndrome due to glomerular dysfunction
- Other disorders resulting in kidney disease
Genitourinary disorders are medically evaluated based on the guidance given in the Social Security Blue Book listings. These listings clarify what medical conditions make someone eligible for benefits. They promote uniformity in claims determinations.
Proving Your Case
Any successful disability application requires significant medical evidence. A doctor’s note alone is insufficient. Our lawyers understand the medical documentation needed for a claim based on chronic kidney disease.
Medical conditions, symptoms, and treatments that may be considered when deciding an SSDI application based on chronic kidney disease are:
- Dialysis: Including chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
- Kidney transplant: A person is generally considered disabled for one year following a kidney transplant
- Renal osteodystrophy: Bone degeneration because kidneys don’t maintain proper vitamin, mineral and hormone levels
- Peripheral neuropathy: Poor kidney filtering, leaving toxins in the blood
- Fluid overload syndrome: Shown with documentation of congestive heart failure, pleural effusion, shortness of breath, or peripheral edema
- Anasarca: Swelling, retention of fluid in the body’s tissues
- Loss of appetite: Characterized by weight loss from eating too little
- Complications: Including stroke, congestive heart failure, acute kidney failure, other co-occurring conditions
- Other related disorders: That prevent you from performing meaningful work
Even if your condition doesn’t directly meet a listing, you may qualify if your impairments are the medical equivalent of a listing. Examiners can look at the combined effects of multiple impairments to determine if the applicant has the residual functional capacity to engage in substantial, gainful activity.
To prepare your case, we carefully gather medical evidence, witness statements, and your own testimony. Your application must be detailed and complete, and the SSDI disability team at Pekas Smith understands what claims examiners are looking for.
Survivor SSDI for chronic kidney disease
We help people who have lost loved ones to chronic kidney disease apply for survivor SSDI benefits, including disabled widow and widower benefits. See if you qualify and how our lawyers can assist you in bringing a claim.
Experienced Representation. Because Results Matter.
Pekas Smith Disability Attorneys know SSDI. We’re dedicated to our clients’ best interests, with a large staff to serve your needs. Getting disability benefits is often a fight, but it’s a fight that we’re ready for.
If you’re unable to work because of chronic kidney disease, don’t wait to contact us. Our legal team can start working to secure your benefits as quickly as possible. We’re here to help you succeed, managing the entire process and always taking the time to answer your questions.
Talk to an SSDI Lawyer for Chronic Kidney Disease
To talk to one of our SSDI lawyers in Arizona, contact Pekas Smith Disability Attorneys. We offer free consultations. We can meet in our offices, virtually, in the hospital, or in another place that is convenient for you. Contact us to begin today.