Kidney Failure Causes, Symptoms, and Social Security Benefits
South Florida individuals diagnosed with kidney failure can be easily overwhelmed with an array of different emotions such as confusion, frustration, fear, and disbelief.
Kidney failure, also called renal failure, occurs when the 4-inch organ, located behind the ribs, fails to effectively filter the body’s excess fluids and waste products. A healthy kidney also activates Vitamin D to build healthy bones and balances chemicals and hormones in the blood, which in turn, affect our blood pressure.
What Causes Kidney Failure?
Sometimes the exact cause is never found, but here are some likely culprits:
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney Inflammation: Glomerulonephritis
- Kidney Cysts: Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Childhood Kidney Infection Scarring
- Obstruction to Urine Flow
When the kidney begins to fail, urine flow reduces, and the wastes start to build up in the bloodstream. Kidney failure may occur gradually, but in some cases more rapidly.
What are Symptoms of Kidney Failure?
- Bone Pain
- Loss of Appetite
- Shortness of Breath
Does Kidney Failure Qualify for Florida Social Security Benefits?
If you have kidney failure, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to Florida individuals diagnosed with this daunting disease. Whether you have chronic renal failure or another type of kidney disease, the SSA will determine your award based on the history and severity of your symptoms. To best qualify for Social Security benefits for kidney failure, an experienced Florida Social Security attorney will suggest that you:
1. Gather medical evidence from a doctor specializing in kidney failure 2. Gather medical treatment records including lab work and hospitalizations to include:
- Lab findings over a long period of time, at least 3 months
- If there is dialysis, a doctor’s statement for continued use
- If possible, renal biopsy, and chemical/hormone lab reports
Some people diagnosed with kidney failure continue to try to work, even when it’s beyond their ability only because they don’t realize that Social Security benefits are available to them. If you have kidney failure and are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits in South Florida.
Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call 954-807-1334.