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Social Security Disability benefits after a kidney transplant

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Are you on a kidney transplant list? Has your transplant surgery been scheduled? You are probably already looking forward to your post-transplant life and making plans for what you will do once you feel better.

Depending on your age, it is possible that you are weighing your options for going back to work after receiving your transplant. You might even be worried about this. Will your Social Security Benefits stop once you no longer require dialysis to treat your chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Will you be forced to go back to work immediately?

Fortunately, kidney transplant recipients who do not have any other disabling condition or are not over the age of 65 receive SSD benefits for twelve months after their transplant surgery. As a prospective transplant recipient, this can be beneficial for many reasons:

  • You will be responsible for various medical appointments immediately following your kidney transplant surgery. Instead of missing time from work from a new job, you can take the necessary time to attend to your medical appointments.
  • You can assess how you really feel. Do you feel "normal" again? Are you able to do physical work, or will you have limitations? Do you have new career interests that you would like to pursue with your new lease on life?
  • You will be required for the rest of your life to take anti-rejection medications and other medications at the exact same time each day. Failing to do this can result in your new organ rejecting. You can take the time to get used to your new way of life, including making sure that you are taking your medications at the right time every day.

Employers want to hire reliable employees, and you can feel confident that when you return to the workforce, you can be that employee.

Congratulations on this exciting event, and best wishes for a successful transplant and recovery. An attorney who is experienced at helping kidney patients obtain SSD benefits can help to ensure that you receive your benefits for as long as you are entitled.


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