Chronic glomerulonephritis is a chronic kidney disease (CKD). It affects the blood filters in the kidneys. When these filters become compromised, your kidneys cannot remove waste from your blood. This leads to a host of problems, including:
- High blood pressure;
- Swelling, particularly in the ankles and face;
- Frequent nighttime urination;
- Bubbles or foam in urine;
- Nosebleeds; and
- Chronic abdominal pain.
The symptoms of chronic glomerulonephritis can be enough to put you out of work. In this scenario, you deserve Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. A skilled attorney can fight for your rights and help you win them.
At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we specialize in winning benefits for disabled clients. We understand the challenges of getting SSD benefits. Our attorneys have fought enough claims to know what works and what does not. We can put our experience and resources to work for you.
If you have already applied on your own and received a denial, we can also help. We are familiar with the appeals process and work to get your case in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). Such a disability hearing gives you the highest chance of ultimately winning benefits.
We welcome you to come to our office for a free consultation. You can meet with an attorney and have all your questions answered. We even offer free legal advice on your claim. If you decide you are ready to move forward, we start working on your case right away. We want to help you like we have dozens of other clients. Call 866-628-8179 for help getting disability for chronic glomerulonephritis.
How Can I Get Disability for Chronic Glomerulonephritis?
The quickest and easiest way to get approved for benefits is to meet one of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book listings. The Blue Book is a list of medical conditions the SSA believes qualify for benefits on their own merit. If you have a valid diagnosis for one of these conditions, it is much easier to win benefits.
The Blue Book lists chronic glomerulonephritis under its heading for genitourinary disorders. The listing explains what evidence is necessary to win a claim and what additional factors the SSA considers.
How Do I Prove I Suffer From This Condition?
Our attorneys work with your doctors to gather the evidence we need to satisfy the Blue Book listing. Fortunately, the SSA explains in detail exactly what we need to get. We will pursue all the necessary evidence to support your claim for disability benefits.
Signs, Symptoms, and Lab Findings
The SSA wants to see the results of objective medical tests showing that you have chronic glomerulonephritis or another form of CKD. Through your physicians, we order lab tests that show your serum creatinine or serum albumin levels—both reliable indicators of CKD. In accordance with SSA guidelines, we also make sure we have testing that covers at least a 90-day period.
Your Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
Chronic glomerulonephritis affects your kidneys’ ability to filter blood. Your glomerular filtration rate indicates exactly the extent to which your condition comprises this function.
A Kidney or Bone Biopsy
If you have had a biopsy of either your kidneys or bones, we can order a copy of the pathology report. This helps us show the precise extent of your condition. If we cannot get a biopsy, we can have your doctor produce a medical statement affirming that you received the biopsy and describing its results.
Other Factors the SSA Considers
In addition to the evidence we submit, the SSA considers several other factors when deciding if you qualify for benefits. We use this knowledge to put together the most compelling and comprehensive case in your favor.
The SSA will also consider these factors when they evaluate your claim.
The SSA considers you disabled if you are undergoing kidney dialysis. It must have lasted at least 12 months—or your doctor must expect it to do so. We can obtain a medical report from your doctor confirming your current and expected future dialysis.
If you have undergone a transplant, the SSA considers you fully disabled for one year starting from the date of the procedure. After this period ends, the SSA reassesses your status and grants benefits accordingly.
Chronic kidney failure, including chronic glomerulonephritis, can result in bone disorders and loss of bone density. This is because poor blood filtration can lead to the loss of important minerals for maintaining bone health.
When your kidneys fail to filter out toxic substances from your blood, nerve damage can result. The symptoms that potentially follow include pain, tingling, and numbness in your extremities, as well as a reduction in fine motor skills.
Fluid Overload Syndrome
CKD sometimes causes an excess of fluid to build up. This can lead to congestive heart failure and other serious complications.
This list is not exhaustive. CKD might be responsible for any number of related conditions or complications. Our attorneys examine your medical records and gather evidence to present the most compelling case based on your unique situation.
What If I Cannot Meet These Criteria?
If for any reason your condition fails to meet the criteria of the Blue Book listing, we have another way to get you benefits. We can work with your doctor to complete a residual functional capacity (RFC) test.
This test, rather than offering a specific diagnosis, provides an objective basis for how your condition limits your ability to work and carry out activities of daily living. Ultimately, this is what matters to the SSA. If you can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are unable to work on account of your condition, you stand the best chance of winning your claim.
Call 866-628-8179 to Speak to a Top Disability Attorney.
If your chronic glomerulonephritis prevents you from working, you deserve disability benefits for your condition. At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we understand the challenges of getting them. Our mission is to make it as easy as possible for you—and we have the resources to do just that. Call 866-628-8179 now for a free consultation.