If you cannot work because of nephrotic syndrome and you need help making ends meet, you might be eligible for disability benefits. This could include money from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If you need help getting Social Security Disability for nephrotic syndrome in Pittsburgh, PA, contact the disability lawyers at Berger and Green today. We can help you understand why the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your claim, and help you navigate the appeals process. We can also look at your application before you file it. If your impairment occurred because of someone else’s negligence, we might be able to help you file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to talk to a member of our team.
Getting Disability Benefits Based on Your Nephrotic Syndrome Diagnosis
The SSA publishes a book, the Blue Book, of qualifying impairments and the criteria you must meet to meet the definition of disabled. There is a published impairment listing for nephrotic syndrome, found in Section 6.06.
Under this impairment listing, you must provide specific medical evidence to qualify for monthly payments from the SSA. You will need proof of at least two laboratory tests—taken more than 90 days apart during a single year—that show proteinuria of 10.0 g or more per 24 hours. You could also qualify if your testing shows:
- Serum albumin of 3.0 g/dL or less; and
- Proteinuria of 3.5 g or more per 24 hours; or
- Urine total-protein-to-creatinine ratio of 3.5 or more.
You also need medical evidence in your records that confirms you suffered from anasarca that lasted for at least 90 days, even though you followed your doctor’s treatment plan.
Because of the critical role your medical records play in getting disability benefits, we recommend discussing your application with your doctor. Your doctor can help your claim by explaining if you meet this impairment listing, and supporting you if the SSA requests more medical information.
Getting Disability If You Do Not Meet a Blue Blook Impairment Listing
If you do not meet an impairment listing, but you cannot work, you might qualify for benefits based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Your RFC is an evaluation of your ability to complete everyday tasks despite your impairment. If this evaluation finds you cannot work at your previous job or at another job you might qualify for, you will likely receive approval from the SSA.
There are three ways the SSA can evaluate your RFC:
- The examiner handling your case can evaluate your abilities based on your medical records and application information; or
- Your doctor can assess your abilities based on your medical history and their knowledge of your case; or
- A third-party doctor can evaluate your abilities based on an examination of you.
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Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability
Before your application progresses to the next step in the disability process, your local Social Security field office will check to see if you meet all the technical qualifications for benefits. If you do not, you will receive a technical denial at this point in the process.
It pays to carefully review your claim to ensure everything is in order and confirm that you meet the SSA’s technical qualifications before continuing. You could receive a technical denial if you:
- Fail to complete all parts of the application; or
- Your name, birth date, and Social Security Number do not match; or
- You do not have enough recent work credits to meet the requirements for SSDI; or
- You have too many assets, or you earn too much income to meet the requirements for SSI.
We can help you file your application and avoid some of these mistakes. If you received a technical denial, we can help you understand what went wrong and guide you through the appeals process. Contact a member of our team right away to get started.
Navigating the Appeals Process If the SSA Denied Your Disability Claim
Even if the SSA denied your initial claim, you still have options to get disability benefits. However, it is important not to delay. If you file an appeal within 60 days of your denial, you might be able to get the benefits you need. Our disability attorneys can help you with this process.
We can help you understand why the SSA denied your claim and fight for your benefits through an appeal. Call us today and let us get to work. We will:
- Request your appeals hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge; and
- Analyze your claim and medical records to learn why the SSA denied your claim; and
- Build a strong case to help prove you meet the qualifications for benefits; and
- Explain to you what you can expect every step of the way; and
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge during your hearing; and
- Ask the Administrative Law Judge to overturn your denial and approve you for benefits.
In addition to fighting for monthly disability benefits, we will also try to get the back benefits you deserve based on the facts of your case. If we cannot get approval for your full benefits during the appeals hearing, we might be able to continue the appeals process and keep working to get the benefits you need.
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Talk to an Attorney About Getting Disability for Nephrotic Syndrome in Pittsburgh.
If you are unable to work and because of nephrotic syndrome, the legal team from Berger and Green can help you fight for the disability benefits you need. We will guide you through the appeals process, or even review your application before you submit it.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation.