SSD for Kidney Conditions
What’s shaped like a bean, five inches long, and incredibly important to your body? The kidneys! Though they might not be very pretty or seem very powerful, the kidneys play an essential role. Their contributions—and the danger that a damaged kidney can pose—should not be overlooked.
The Role of the Kidneys
The kidneys are a pair of small organs that sit on either side of the spine, below the ribs and behind the stomach. Their job is to control the body’s fluid balance. They do this by filtering blood, removing waste, and keeping the right level of electrolytes. All the blood in the body passes through the kidneys several times a day, and they remove any waste as it comes through. They might also adjust the levels of salt, water, or minerals to ensure a healthy balance. Though they are small, the kidneys work so hard to help the body that even with only 10% of their kidneys working properly, someone might not experience any symptoms or health issues.
Each kidney has around one million filters, called nephrons, that filter through the body’s blood. Since each one is so powerful, it is possible for people to live with only one. When someone only has one kidney due to a birth defect, surgical operation, or a living donation, they have the potential to live a healthy life without any complications.
But while it is possible to live without one, kidney-related health issues can still pose a serious risk.
Common Kidney Problems
The most common problem is kidney failure, or renal failure. This occur when blood flow to the kidneys is blocked. Blocked blood flow to the kidneys can have many causes, including a heart attack, blood loss, a severe allergic reaction, or overuse of aspirin and ibuprofen. Renal failure can be sudden, or can occur gradually.
Along with renal failure, some other common kidney issues include:
- Kidney stones, which are the result of excess minerals in the kidneys
- Kidney infections, often caused by bacteria from an infection in the urinary tract (UTI)
- Polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder that causes clusters of cysts on the kidneys
- Kidney cancer
Some kidney conditions, like an infection, are very treatable. Others, like cancer or kidney failure, can have a major impact on a person’s everyday life. People with kidney failure might have to undergo a procedure called dialysis, which replaces some kidney functions. Dialysis and other treatments are expensive and time-consuming. Additionally, when someone is experiencing a severe kidney issue, they might be unable to work.
SSD for Kidney Conditions
This is why Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits help people with serious kidney problems. Depending on their condition and its severity, certain people may be able to find some financial relief through SSD.
If someone is suffering from kidney disease or another disorder that is severe enough to lead to the need for ongoing dialysis or a kidney transplant, they will likely qualify for SSD, since this shows that their condition is severe enough to hinder their ability to work. Health conditions that arise as a result of kidney issues, like a heart attack or stroke, might also qualify someone for SSD.
To qualify for SSD, a health condition must last or be expected to last for at least 12 months, or be expected to result in death. Based on this rule, chronic and serious kidney conditions, like kidney failure or cancer, are likely to qualify. Other conditions, like an infection, might not qualify, since they are not long-term issues.
If you are suffering from a kidney-related health issue, contacting an experienced SSD attorney is an important step. SSD is a complex, often frustrating process, and having an attorney on your side can make a world of difference.
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