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Social Security Disability Benefits for Renal Failure

Persons who suffer from renal failure, kidney failure or kidney disease, may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits under the impairment listing provided by the Social Security Administration.  This impairment listing specifies conditions that define if a person is eligible for benefits. The Social Security listing for genitourinary impairments also includes kidney disease.

If you suffer from kidney disease or renal failure, SSA will consider a number of factors to determine whether your symptoms are severe enough for you to be eligible for benefits.  If your renal failure has resulted in the need for dialysis on an ongoing and regular basis, or if you suffer from complications like nephrotic syndrome, you may be eligible for benefits.  Persons who have undergone a kidney transplant could also be eligible for benefits.

Apart from these, persons who suffer from chronic kidney disease, and other complications of kidney disease such as extreme hypertension, heart failure, stroke, or other complications, may also be eligible.

To maximize your chances of receiving benefits, provide extensive evidence of your impairment. That includes medical records which specify all the times that you have been hospitalized as a result of your kidney disease, notes from physicians who are treating you, and pathology and lab reports that document the severity of the disease.  Lab and clinical evidence is extremely important as well when you are filing a claim for benefits due to renal failure.  If you are on dialysis, your evidence must include a note from your doctor indicating your need for regular and ongoing dialysis because of your condition.