Kidney Disease Disability

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all impairments are subject to evaluation and you must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated SSD and SSI lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Your Condition

Kidney disease, or renal disease, occurs when the kidneys fail to filter the excess fluids and wastes in your blood, leaving them to build up in the body. It is a disease that progresses over time and increases your risks for other diseases, such as: anemia, cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, and more.  Once the disease reaches end-stage kidney disease or kidney failure, dialysis and/or a kidney transplant is necessary to live.

There are two types of dialysis:

  • hemodialysis – a machine is used to pump the blood out of your body, filter the waste, and then pump the blood back into your body
  • peritoneal dialysis – a solution is pumped into your body to absorb the excess fluids and wastes and carry them out of your body

SSA Evaluation

The SSA considers kidney disease a disabling condition and is evaluated under genitourinary impairments. Dependent on your condition and your age, you may qualify for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Chronic renal disease that has lasted or is expected to last for 12 months is evaluated by the following:

  • chronic dialysis
    • hemodialysis
    • peritoneal dialysis
  • kidney transplant
  • persistent increase of serum creatinine (non-protein waste product) levels, lasting at least three months, with one of the following:
  • persistent motor or sensory neuropathy
    what it is: damage to the nerves
  • persistent fluid overload syndrome
    what it is: excessive water and salt retention
  • diastolic hypertension greater than diastolic blood pressure of 110 mm
    what it is: elevated blood pressure measured between heart contractions (not during)
  • persistent vascular congestion (despite therapy)
    what it is: swelling caused by fluid build up
  • persistent anorexia with weight loss determined by body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.0 on at least two evaluations within a six-month period

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Together, our lawyers have more than 150 years of experience and, with a staff of more than 140 attorneys and case managers who handle more than 8,000 disability cases each year, we can help determine if you qualify for benefits. Our SSI attorneys treat you like family and handle your case with integrity. We know how to apply, how to appeal, and how to help. Call us today at (866) 684-3388 or fill out a free online consultation form.

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How Can a Lawyer Help?

Having the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side may increase your chances of being approved for benefits. We can help you:


  • file your claim
  • process complicated paperwork
  • handle your appeal
  • and more
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