Chicago Hemodialysis Attorneys

Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyers

Hemodialysis is a medical procedure whereby waste products and other fluids are removed from a patient’s body when the kidneys no longer function due to renal failure.  Hemodialysis can be performed as an inpatient or outpatient therapy, with routine hemodialysis conducted in dialysis outpatient facilities.  Patients who undergo hemodialysis may experience side effects such as low blood pressure, fatigue, chest pains, leg cramps, nausea and headaches.

Kidney Failure

Patients who receive hemodialysis suffer from kidney failure, which can vary in the extent to which it affects a person’s daily life.  Some patients may participate in daily activities with little disruption, while others may be so fatigued that they may not be able to get out of bed.  The most common symptoms of kidney failure include stomach upset, swelling in the feet and other extremities, fatigue, muscle soreness, and muscle cramps.  Kidney failure may be caused by a variety of conditions, such as hyptertension, glomerulonephritis, and diabetes.

Disability Benefits

Most people are undergoing hemodialysis are experiencing renal failure to the extent that it prevents them from working.  If this is the case, a patient may be eligible to receive social security disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Both types of benefits require that an applicant have a medical condition that prevents him or her from engaging in “substantial gainful activity” and is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has established a “Listing of Medical Impairments” that qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits.  If a medical condition is not on the list, however, it does not meet that an applicant automatically is disqualified from received benefits, but the patient will need to provide substantial information and documentation supporting a claim that his or her medical condition prevents employment.

The SSA has established a special category for persons who have been diagnosed with permanent kidney failure that requires hemodialysis or a kidney transplant under Section 6.00 of the “Listing of Medical Impairments” in order to make the application process more straightforward.

It is crucial to provide complete and accurate medical records and vocational information with your application.  The skilled Chicago social security disability attorneys at Ankin Law have considerable experience assisting clients with SSDI and SSI applications and we can work with you to ensure that you have supplied the necessary information with your application.

If you suffer from renal failure and undergo hemodialysis as a result, contact the experienced Chicago social security disability attorneys at Ankin Law at (872) 529-9377 to discuss your hemodialysis disability claim.


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