Glomerulonephritis is one of many kidney disorders that could qualify someone for Social Security disability benefits. The condition causes the filtering tissues in the kidneys (glomeruli) to become inflamed, making it difficult for the kidneys to remove waste products from the body. Chronic glomerulonephritis (CG) can take years to develop and show symptoms, and may be a result of another disease or result from an acute attack of glomerulonephritis in earlier life.
Social Security Disability Benefits for Chronic Glomerulonephritis
While the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn't have a specific listing for CG in its Blue Book of eligible disorders for disability payment, a patient may qualify for benefits based on other listings, including:
- Chronic kidney disease. The prolonged inflammation caused by CG can often cause chronic kidney disease or even lead to eventual kidney failure. If you've been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, the SSA considers you disabled if you're receiving dialysis; have undergone a kidney transplant; or can demonstrate impaired kidney function that includes reduced glomerular function and an underlying complication, such as peripheral neuropathy, bone abnormalities, severe edema, or anorexia.
- Nephrotic syndrome. You may qualify for benefits under the listing for nephrotic syndrome, a condition characterized by excess protein in the urine. You must have multiple lab tests over the span of one year that show a high level of proteinuria, or proteinuria combined with abnormal levels of serum albumin, a protein produced by the liver and dissolved in blood plasma.
- Underlying conditions. CG is often a side effect of another disease, including some immune disorders, lupus, diabetes, or cancer. If your CG is related to another medical condition, the SSA can evaluate you under the listing for that condition.
- Residual functional capacity. If you don't qualify for compensation based on any other listing, you may still be able to collect disability if the symptoms or treatment for CG are severe enough to prevent you from working. The SSA determines your residual functional capacity based on your ability to perform basic work functions despite the limitations of your condition.
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