South Florida residents diagnosed with kidney failure also known as renal failure are dealing with several forms of loss. Kidney failure is characterized by the kidney’s inability to filter fluids and wastes from the blood and urine. When this inability to filter continues, damaging amounts of waste gets stored in unintended body parts.

Acute kidney failure is the first and least severe stage of this disease.It produces symptoms such as drowsiness, decreased urine output, swelling, shortness of breath, nausea, seizures, and chest pain.Sometimes, acute kidney failure produces complications that can lead to permanent kidney damage.

Individuals struggling with complications from kidney failure in South Florida often find themselves unable to enjoy their life as they’ve always known it.Unfortunately, most diagnosed with end stage renal failure are unable to return to work. If this is the case, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may award benefits to South Florida individuals diagnosed with kidney failure based on the requirements below.

Social Security Criteria for Kidney Failure

Automatic disability benefits are granted to South Florida individuals diagnosed with chronic kidney failureif ONE of the following is present:

  1. Ongoing Dialysis
  2. High Creatine Levels
  3. Kidney Transplantation
  4. Continuous Hemodialysis (artificial kidney machine)

Social Security Criteria for Other Kidney Related Problems

Nephrotic Syndrome is a group of kidney diseases that produce too much protein in the urine and edema. In order to qualify for Social Security benefits in Florida under this category, the individual must have severe edema for at least three months including either: low serum albumin levels in addition to moderately high protein in urine, or extremely high levels of protein in the urine.

Social Security Criteria for Kidney Transplantation

South Florida Social Security automatically awards benefits for 12 months if an individual has had a kidney transplant. Continued benefits will be based on the remaining impairments post-surgery.

If the kidney transplant recipient has complications following the surgery, such as episodes of kidney rejection, renal infection, treatment side effects, or other infections, they may qualify for further benefits. If the symptoms disappear or decrease, the SSA will determine if benefits will continue.

Kidney Failure Limitations

In the case that an individual has one form or another of kidney failure, but does not meet the qualifications listed above, the Social Security Administration will determine if the person is limited in his/her ability to work.

If you or a family member in South Florida have kidney failure, it is important to talk with an experienced South Florida Social Security attorney.Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.

Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to find out what your legal rights are and how to receive help. Call: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today.