Hemodialysis/Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease is when one suffers from gradual and usually permanent loss of kidney function over time. This usually develops over months to years. Chronic kidney disease is divided into five stages of increasing severity. Stage 5 chronic kidney failure is also referred to as end-stage renal disease, wherein there is total or near-total loss of kidney function, and patients need dialysis or transplantation to stay alive. Another name for kidney failure is “renal failure.” Mild kidney disease is often called renal insufficiency. In order to qualify you must have chronic kidney disease that lasts longer than 12 months.
For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration’s listing, the claimant must have either:
- Chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis necessitated by irreversible renal failure, or
- Kidney transplant, or
- Persistent increase of serum creatinine or significant reduction of the creatinine clearance levels; these abnormalities must be present for at least three months.
A Jacoby & Meyers professional can help you at all levels of the administrative process to:
- Assist you with your initial SSI & SSDI application, with filing your request with the Social Security Administration for reconsideration, requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge or filing an appeal with the Appeals Council
- Analyze your case under federal Social Security Disability regulations. Obtain a copy of your file from the Office of Hearings & Appeals to ensure that it reflects all your past medical treatment and that all records and documents contained therein are admissible as evidence
- Ask that any prior SSI & SSDI applications for benefits be reopened
- Protect your right to a fair hearing
- Make any necessary Social Security appeals
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