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Chronic kidney disease and SSD benefits

If you have chronic kidney issues, then you likely have to deal with a lot of pain and numerous doctor visits. The pain and medical care may even be so extreme as to render you unable to work. If this is the case, then you might struggle to pay your bills, which can be worrisome to say the least. However, you don't need to despair, as the Social Security disability system may provide you with a way to recover the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and live a normal life.

In order to recover SSD benefits, though, you need to meet certain requirements issued by the Social Security Administration. Let us look at chronic kidney disease that impairs kidney function as an example. In order to be deemed "disabled" by the SAA, you will have to show that you suffer from a lower level of glomerular filtration. You can show this in a number of different ways.

If your lab results show that your serum creatinine level is at 4 mg/dL or greater, your creatinine clearance is 20 ml/min. or less or your estimated glomerular filtration rate is below 20 ml/min/1.73m2, then you might qualify for SSD benefits. However, you also have to show that those lab results have been documented at least two times, and the results must have been at least three months apart.

In addition to showing the above, you must meet other requirements. You must also show bone pain with bone abnormalities, peripheral neuropathy, fluid overload syndrome or anorexia. If none of these four characteristics exist, then you may not be deemed disabled for SSD purposes.

Many times, initial SSD benefit claims are denied. If this happens to you, don't think that SSD benefits are no longer a possibility. Instead, consider seeking assistance to put forth the strongest arguments possible on appeal so that you can hopefully be awarded the compensation you need.

Source: Social Security Administration, "6.00 Genitourinary Disorders - Adult," accessed on July 10, 2016

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