If you have received an organ transplant you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. When you have an organ transplant you will automatically be qualified to receive Social Security disability benefits for a period of 12 months.
The money from Social Security disability benefits doesn’t have to be used for medical expenses, although it can be. It can be used for housing costs, utilities, monthly bills, food, or anything else that you need while you are recovering from an organ transplant. After a 12-month period you will need to go through an assessment by the Social Security Administration to determine if you qualify for another year of benefits.
How to Blue Book Can Help You Medically Qualify After an Organ Transplant
Even though you will automatically qualify for Social Security disability benefits when you have an organ transplant, you will still need to submit medical records and other documentation showing that your condition matches the requirements in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. All of the conditions that qualify for disability benefits are listed in the Blue Book with the medical requirements necessary for approval. The condition that caused you to need the transplant should be in the Blue Book and your medical history will show that you qualify for benefits.
If the condition the caused you to need a transplant isn’t in the Blue Book the Social Security Administration will look for a similar or matching condition that can act as a qualifying condition so that you will be eligible for disability benefits after your organ transplant. When you are reevaluated for benefits you will need to meet the listing requirements in the Blue Book to continue receiving benefits for another year.
Medical Evidence Do I Need to Win an Organ Transplant Claim?
You will need to submit your initial diagnosis of the condition that caused the need for a transplant along with your medical history and your claim for benefits. You should also submit your surgical records, and any follow up treatment or physical therapy.
Keeping track of all your medical records will also help you document your condition after 12 months when you need to be reevaluated in order to keep receiving disability benefits. If you’re not sure whether or not something should be submitted you can ask your doctor or a patient advocate at the hospital where your transplant was done.
Help Filing for Disability Benefits After an Organ Transplant
A lawyer may be able to assist in helping with disability benefits. Filling out the claim forms for Social Security disability benefits and knowing what medical evidence you need to submit can be confusing. An attorney can help you navigate the claims process and get your claim filed faster so that you can start receiving your Social Security disability benefits as quickly as possible. Complete the Free Case Evaluation on this page today!