Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Kidney Failure

Kidney failure is when your kidneys have stopped working well enough for you to survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant. Your kidneys have lost their ability to filter waste from your blood. Kidney failure is also called end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). It is stage 5 of chronic kidney disease (CKD). To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Kidney Failure Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with kidney failure do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. At a high level, you need to provide documentation that clearly shows a medical professional diagnosed you with CKD and that your condition is severe enough to prevent you from working or performing daily living activities on your own.

More specifically, you will need to provide clear medical documentation of any signs, symptoms, and lab findings related to your chronic kidney disease. This can include reports from your doctor exams, other medical records, and treatment plans you’ve received for CKD. If you’ve been on treatment plans, it’s also helpful if you have proof that you’ve followed those plans as directed.

The SSA may also require you to show other test results when deciding on your eligibility: 

  • Certain levels of serum creatinine (4 mg/dL or greater) or serum albumin (20 ml/min. or less), to confirm how your kidney is functioning.
  • An estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of 20 ml/min/1.73m2 or less, as evidence of how well your kidneys are filtering.
  • A copy of your pathology report if you have had a bone or kidney biopsy. A statement from the doctor that confirms your biopsy and its results may be enough.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney failure and believe you may qualify, contact us today for a free disability case evaluation.

You could be entitled to $3,822 a month. See if you qualify today!

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