Portland residents with genitourinary impairments as they relate to chronic renal (kidney) disease may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits under SSA guidelines. The category of chronic kidney dysfunction includes diseases such as glomerulonephritis, hypertensive renal vascular disease, obstructive uropathy and hereditary nephropathies.
In general, persons must demonstrate a history of being treated for progressive kidney disease. Claimants must submit treatment records including hospitalizations, laboratory tests and other evidence that supports a claim of deterioration of normal kidney function as the result of disease.
A clinical record of medical examinations, observations and treatment for kidney disease may also be required.
Persons with renal dysfunction who regularly need to have toxins removed from their blood using either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis meet the requirements for chronic renal disease.
Individuals who have received a kidney transplant are considered disabled for the first 12 months after the transplant as the incidence of rejection is highest during the first year. Thereafter, qualification for benefits will be determined based on evidence of medical improvement including the presence or absence of signs and symptoms along with the results of laboratory tests.
Kidney transplant patients are evaluated for rejection of the transplanted kidney, kidney infections, complications relating to the transplant including neuropathy and deterioration of other organ functions.
In addition to dialysis and transplantation, persons with persistent fluid overload syndrome, generalized massive swelling (edema), diastolic hypertension (blood pressure) of greater than 110 mm Hg, vascular congestion, anorexia and protein in the urine may use these findings as evidence to support a claim of chronic kidney dysfunction.
Chronic renal (kidney) dysfunction must be ongoing and always present. The longitudinal health record of the person must demonstrate findings at the required level continuously for at least 12 months.
In addition to being chronic and persistent, genitourinary impairments must be substantial enough to prevent the individual from doing any gainful activity. The inability to work is one of the key factors in becoming eligible for disability benefits. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can help Portland residents determine whether they are entitled to disability benefits.
Source: Social Security Online, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security – 6.00 GENITOURINARY IMPAIRMENTS – Adult.”