Filing for Social Security Disability with Chronic Glomerulonephritis
In order for an individual with Chronic Glomerulonephritis to qualify for Social Security benefits, several things are taken into consideration. The criteria are used to assess whether the individual qualifies for assistance from any of the Social Security programs because of a chronic renal diseases such as Chronic Glomerulonephritis.
The category used is impairment of the renal function, which occurs as a result of a chronic renal disease such as Chronic Glomerulonephritis. In order to qualify, the individual should have suffered from the disease for at least 12 months, or the disease should be expected to last at least 12 continuous months.
In addition, certain evidence is required in order for one to qualify. The evidence helps to show that indeed one has been suffering from Chronic Glomerulonephritis for a long time or is expected to continue to suffer from Chronic Glomerulonephritis for a long time.
Evidence would include the full record of one’s medical history, such as:
- Record of treatments
- Response to treatment
- List of related hospitalizations
- Laboratory evidence of renal disease, showing the progressive nature
Showing the progressive nature will help to show the deterioration of the renal function. The records of treatment should show at least three months of observation and treatment. If a renal biopsy has been performed, then the evidence should include a copy of the examination report.
Chronic Glomerulonephritis – Condition and Symptoms
Chronic Glomerulonephritis is a term used to refer to several diseases that affect the part of the kidneys called the glomeruli. The glomeruli are the part of the kidney that filters the blood. This disease therefore hinders the kidney from cleaning the blood and from getting rid of excessive fluids in the blood.
As the body generates waste and extra fluids, it is the work of the kidney to clean out such waste material from the blood. If this illness continues, it can eventually lead to kidney failure.
There are two types of Glomerulonephritis: Acute and Chronic Glomerulonephritis. Acute Glomerulonephritis develops rather suddenly; on the other hand, Chronic Glomerulonephritis develops slowly and gradually over time.
For Acute Glomerulonephritis, the symptoms can be easily noticed as they appear suddenly, but for Chronic Glomerulonephritis, the symptoms become more noticeable only as the disease continues to progress in the kidneys.
Symptoms of Chronic Glomerulonephritis include:
- Protein or blood in the urine
- High blood pressure
- Swelling of the ankles or face
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Very bubbly or foamy urine
Your Chronic Glomerulonephritis Disability Case
If you’re disabled and unable to maintain gainful employment because of severe Chronic Glomerulonephritis, you could be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Working closely with medical professionals and a disability attorney or representative to collect support and evidence to prove your case can help ensure your successful claim. You can fill out the Free Disability Evaluation form to be in contact with a disability attorney if you would legal advice for your case.