Different forms of chronic kidney disease can be complicated and can cause significant harm to your body. The complications can be so severe that they can be disabling. Some of these serious complications may include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Hypertensive crisis
- Acute kidney failure requiring a short course of hemodialysis
If you experience one of these conditions, you may qualify for Social Security disability.
How to Prove Your Disability to the Social Security Administration
Section 6.09 of the Listing of Impairments specifically describes how you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if you have a complication from chronic kidney disease. According to this section, you may qualify for benefits if you have had at least three hospitalizations within a consecutive 12 month period that occurred at least 30 days apart. Each hospitalization must have lasted for at least 48 hours (including the time spent in the emergency room immediately prior to being admitted). If the complication occurred while you were hospitalized for another condition, your eligibility will be evaluated under the rules for that illness or pursuant to the rules for medical equivalence.
This Can Be Complicated, but There Is Help Available
When multiple conditions, or complications from your primary health conditions, are impacting your ability to work, proving your eligibility for benefits can be complicated. Yet, it is very important to protect your right to receive the benefits you’ve earned.
Our board-certified lawyers know what evidence the Social Security Administration is looking for and how to present your disability application in a compelling way. We can take the burden of dealing with the Social Security Administration off of your shoulders so that you can focus on your health while we fight for your benefits. To learn more about how we can help you get the fair disability benefits you deserve, please contact us at any time via this website or by phone to schedule an initial consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.