You may find that you are unable to work because of complications from your kidney disease. This does not mean that you have no financial options. In some cases, you may qualify for Social Security Disability.

In order to receive disability benefits, you usually must meet the requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration. The American Kidney Fund says that if you do not meet them, you may still qualify for assistance. You generally need to fill out a form so that the SSA understands how well you carry out daily activities such as lifting items and walking. Certain conditions are typically eligible for benefits. These include chronic kidney disease which puts you in the hospital often and dialysis. Additionally, complications such as nephrotic syndrome and peripheral neuropathy may make you eligible.

It is a good idea to give the SSA copies of medical documents, such as your treatment summaries and lab reports. These indicate how serious your condition is. Detailed doctors’ notes and medical records may sometimes help you receive Social Security benefits.

When you apply for disability benefits, there are two kinds you may receive. Supplementary Security Income considers your financial needs. To qualify, you usually need to prove that you do not earn more than $733 a month. Your assets may also be taken into account. This type of assistance is most often granted when you have a limited income. Social Security Disability Insurance considers your work history. Because this assistance is taken from tax dollars, a recent job with social security taxes is one of the requirements you typically need to meet.

This information is educational in nature, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.