Can I receive Social Security Disability after a transplant?

There are many diseases in the world that can ravage the body. Organs can be stricken with cancer or fail, causing an individual a significant amount of pain and turmoil. Fortunately, medical technology has advanced to the point where organ transplant has become a relatively common occurrence, allowing individuals to reclaim their lives. Yet, those who receive organ transplants may be subjected to extensive medical expenses at a time when they are unable to work. Such financial strain could throw an individual into ruin. Luckily, though, the Social Security Administration may provide Social Security Disability benefits to people who have undergone organ transplant.

The SSA provides SSD benefits for up to one year for many individuals who receive a transplant. The SSA specifically lists lung, heart, liver, kidney, bone marrow and stem cell transplant as qualifying illnesses for which benefits can be awarded. Once the 12 month disability period is over, the SSA will review your case and determine if you still suffer from disability. Accordingly, they will adjust or terminate your benefits.

Filing for SSD benefits can be quite complicated, however, particularly when a claim is denied. Yet, those who receive an initial denial should not give up. In fact, more individuals are awarded benefits upon appeal than are during the initial claims process. Therefore, if your claim has been denied, you should redouble your efforts and put forth the best arguments you can for obtaining the compensation you deserve. An experienced Tennessee attorney may be able to help you with your appeal.

Social Security Disability benefits may be limited in scope and time, but they can be a financial life-saver for those who are unable to work. This program may allow you to ease the burden of financial strain so that you can focus on your health. After all, your well-being is the most important thing.

Source: National Foundation for Transplants, “Disability Benefits and Organ Transplant Surgery,” accessed on Jan. 2, 2015