If you have been assessed with kidney (renal) disease you may be considering filing a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits. This post discusses how the Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim for benefits. Types of disability benefits are discussed here.

Kidney failure can be acute (sudden) or chronic (ongoing). Acute renal failure can be caused by a drop in blood flow to the kidneys, damage from medications/infections/toxins or a blockage. Acute kidney failure can cause you to stop urinating and have swelling in your extremities. Acute renal failure is treated various ways but usually the underlying cause of kidney failure is the focus of treatment (e.g. stopping the medication that is causing the failure). Most people recover from acute kidney failure, but there may be permanent kidney damage that results in chronic renal disease. Via the Mayo Clinic.

Chronic renal disease reduces kidney function over time and can result in the need for dialysis or kidney transplant depending on its severity. Severe chronic kidney disease causes electrolyte imbalance and edema (swelling) as waste accumulates in the body. The final stage of chronic kidney disease is called end-stage renal disease. Via Medline Plus.

The Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim for disability benefits under 6.02 Impairment of Renal Function. This listing requires your renal disease to last or be expected to last for at least 12 months and you require dialysis, kidney transplant or persistent elevation of your creatinine levels with accompanying symptoms.

If you meet this listing you are very ill. Many people with chronic kidney disease are unable to work before they meet this listing. Even if you do not meet this listing, you may still be found disabled based on the combination of your symptoms from your kidney disease.

If you are unable to work due to your kidney disease, file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as possible and call the Bishop Law Firm. We want to help!

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