Genitourinary disorders are physical conditions that are directly related to the urinary tract and genital organs. Those suffering from a genitourinary condition may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). These benefits are part of a federal program designed to help support people who cannot work due to a disability.
For a claimant to meet the qualifying requirements, they must have put enough money into the Social Security system over time to have earned disability benefits. A claimant must also provide ample proof of their disability to the Social Security Administration (SSA), as well as proof that said disability prevents them from taking part in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).
The Social Security Administration determines who qualifies for SSDI by assessing all documentation presented to support each disability claim. They also reference the Blue Book, which lists all qualifying disorders/conditions/disabilities, as well as their symptoms.
Genitourinary disorders is the sixth category in the Blue Book. Genitourinary disorders are evaluated under the conditions and symptoms listed. Qualifying genitourinary conditions result in chronic kidney disease (CKD), or the other way around. Some examples of these disorders include hypertensive nephropathy, diabetic nephropathy, fluid overload syndrome, chronic obstructive uropathy, complications caused by CKD, etc.
Evidence is required to prove that a claimant is suffering from CKD. Such evidence can include laboratory results, treatment records, and other medical documentation. Generally, the SSA requires evidence which covers a period of at least 90 days.
An estimated filtering capacity of the kidneys which considers serum creatinine concentration, as well as other variables, such as age, gender, and body size may be required. A kidney or bone biopsy, or a copy of the pathology report from a previous biopsy, may also be requested. If it is not possible to receive a copy of the pathology report, the SSA will accept a statement from an acceptable medical source describing the results.
Claimants who require chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis are also likely to qualify for SSDI. Finally, if a claimant’s condition is not listed in the Blue Book, that does not mean they cannot qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Kidney Transplant and Disability Benefits
Claimants who receive a kidney transplant will be considered disabled by the SSA for 1 year following the date of transplant. Afterwards, any residual impairment(s) regarding post-transplant function, rejection episodes, or other complications will be evaluated.
Also, a claimant receiving a transplant may qualify for benefits before the transplant is received. In these cases, the onset of their disability will need to be determined.
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