Kidney disease, often referred to as Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD, can be a painful, demanding, and difficult disability. If you’ve been diagnosed with it, then you likely could use some assistance. Does kidney disease qualify you for SSDI in Wisconsin? Tabak Law is here to help. We’ve assisted many people in getting the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits that they need and are entitled to in Wisconsin, and we can help you.
Does Chronic Kidney Disease Qualify You for SSDI
The SSDI benefits work the same across the country. In that regard, it doesn’t matter if you live in Wisconsin or Wyoming. Determining if you qualify can be the tricky part. If you are on dialysis or are going to get (or have received) a kidney transplant, then the requirements are a little different and a little simpler. We will get to those in a moment. If you are currently living with CKD then the requirements are below.
You need to have experienced reduced glomerular filtration on at least two occasions that are separated by at least 90 days but occurred within a consecutive 12-month period. This has to be evidenced by at least one of the following lab findings:
- An estimated glomerular filtration rate or eGFR of 20ml/min/1.73m2 or less
- Serum creatine level of 4 mg/fl or greater
- Creatinine clearance of 20 ml/min or less.
Additionally, you must also be experiencing at least one of the following
- Peripheral neuropathy (severe pain or numbness in peripheral motor or sensory nerves)
- Anorexia with weight loss with a BMI of 18.0 or less that was documented twice at least 90 days apart in a 12-month period.
- Renal osteodystrophy (severe bone pain with supporting imaging of abnormalities)
- Fluid overload syndrome characterized by either a diastolic blood pressure above 100 mm Hg or signs of vascular congestion or anasarca. Either must be documented on two occasions at least 90 days apart in a 12-month period.
Do you Qualify for SSDI while on Dialysis?
If you are on either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis and that dialysis has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months then you would typically qualify for SSDI. Remember, one of the qualifications for any disability is that it has to be expected to last a minimum of 12 months.
Does a Kidney Transplant Qualify You For SSDI
If you receive a kidney transplant you are automatically considered disabled for at least one year from the date of the transplant. After the year is up, you will have to be evaluated for any residual impairment. Also, note that the onset of your disability could be determined to be before your transplant as is the case with most transplant recipients.
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