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This March, the International Society of Nephrology is marking March 10th as World Kidney Day.  World Kidney Days seeks to bring attention to the millions of people all over the world who live with this condition.  Approximately one out of every 10 people worldwide suffer from Kidney Disease.

With the global COVID-19 pandemic, people with kidney disease have more needs.  People who suffer from any kind of kidney disease are already much more susceptible to the infection. Also, a Covid infection can significantly impact the kidneys, causing kidney failure and other complications in patients. Among patients who have suffered a mild version of the infection, there may be no severe impact on the kidney. However, persons who have suffered from severe symptoms of Covid could suffer from long – lasting kidney failure.

Persons who suffer from kidney failure may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. As with any other disability or medical condition, in order to qualify for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program, your condition must be expected to last for at least 12 months or must have lasted for at least 12 months. The Social Security Administration lists kidney – related disorders under section 6 of its blue book that is related to genitourinary conditions. If you are currently on dialysis, suffer from kidney disease with reduced kidney function, or have had a kidney transplant, you might find that your claim is easier to process.  However, even if your case does not fall in the above -mentioned categories, you could still qualify for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

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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.

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If you have kidney problems, you may qualify for disability benefits depending on the severity of your condition. For instance, if you suffer from kidney failure that has left you physically incapable of performing many activities, then you may qualify for benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists End-Stage Renal Disease as a condition that is eligible for benefits in its listing of impairments.

End-stage renal disease is a condition in which the kidneys are no longer able to perform even normal, basic day-to-day functioning. Overall, persons who suffer from this condition feel very fatigued and ill, and may suffer from severe weight loss. There may be numbness in the extremities, pain in the bones, drowsiness, disorientation and confusion, and the person may bruise easily.

Generally, a person who has reached this stage is not able to work, and there is a higher likelihood of a successful claim for Social Security disability benefits. It is still very important to keep all documentation including all of test results, lab work, etc. Dialysis can also be a factor with heavy influence on the benefits claim.

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