Getting Social Security Disability Benefits for Kidney Failure


Service DogIf you are diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, also known as chronic kidney failure or chronic renal failure, it is possible for you to receive SSDI or SSI disability benefits if you condition is determined to be severe.

Social Security determines that kidney failure is severe enough for disability benefits using the following criteria:

  • If you have a need for regular dialysis
  • If you have had a kidney transplant
  • If you have high creatine levels combined with symptoms of damage

Just because you do not have any of the above conditions, if you still cannot work due to kidney failure, you can receive disability benefits if you show your condition’s limitations keep you from working.

Under listing 6.02 for Impairment of Renal Function you receive automatic disability for poor kidney function caused by any chronic disease, if you must receive ongoing peritoneal dialysis, ongoing hemodialysis, or you get a kidney transplant, or you have consistently high levels of serum creatinine.

Social Security needs to see your medical record of all hospitalizations, treatment notes, and laboratory findings that document progressive renal disease, along with clinical or lab evidence that shows declining  kidney function.

A kidney transplant gives an individual 12 months of disability automatically. After the first year Social Security evaluates ongoing disability eligibility based on any remaining impairments.

If your kidney disease does not meet one of the above listing requirements, Social Security will considers the effect of the disease on your abilities and make a determination, using the RFC to see if there are any types of jobs you can do.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email Disability Professionals  to set up your appointment today.



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