Bladder Issues and SSA Disability BenefitsBladder issues can not only be embarrassing, causing severe issues with incontinence, but they can also severely impair a claimants ability to perform substantial gainful activity. The inability to work consistently and taking repeated bathroom breaks can cause difficulty completing a full work day.
Severe Bladder Issues
Urinary disorders can be caused by problems in several parts of the urinary tract including the ureters, bladder, urethra or the kidneys. What could cause severe urinary disorders? They could be caused by cancer, interstitial cystitis, kidney failure, infections, kidney stones, sexually transmitted infections, trauma to any part of the urinary tract and kidney failure.
It is not uncommon for many claimants who have severe urinary disorders to have symptoms which can include:
- Back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in the urine
- Urine leakage
- Constant feeling of needing to urinate
Winning SSDI or SSI for Urinary or Bladder Issues
The Social Security Administration has two methods for determining if a SSDI or SSI claimant is disabled: evaluating whether the claimants condition meets or exceeds the listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments (also known as the Blue Book this listing outlines the conditions and symptoms the SSA considers so severe that the claimant cannot work) or determining if the claimant has the residual functional capacity to work.
The first thing that a claimant should do if they suffer from a severe bladder or urinary condition is to seek good medical treatment. Because bladder issues can be caused by a variety of other severe disorders or diseases your doctor should perform a number of medical tests or screenings to ensure that you do not have a serious medical condition. Several types of severe urinary disorders can be life-threatening and immediate medical attention is needed.
Meeting a Listing for Bladder Conditions
To meet a listing for any type of urinary condition a claimant can have an underlying condition which meets a listing. For instance, if a severe bladder disorder is caused by kidney failure the SSA will evaluate the condition under 6.00 Genitourinary Impairments, Section 6.02 Impairment of Renal Function. If the claimant has cancer which is causing any type of bladder dysfunction the condition may be evaluated under 13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases, or if their condition has been caused by severe trauma there may also be an appropriate listing.
Winning SSDI or SSI through a Medical Vocational Allowance
So what if your bladder condition does not meet a listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments? You will have to prove that you do not have the ability to perform substantial gainful activity. To do this with a bladder condition you will have to prove that you do not have the residual ability to work. This can be done by proving that your condition, even though you have received adequate medical treatment, does not allow you to complete a work day or a work week.
As embarrassing as this might be, you must present sufficient evidence that you cannot complete a work day. If you have to stop working 10 or 20 times per day and run to the restroom it may be possible to prove that you cannot maintain employment due to your condition. Most SSDI or SSI claimants who do not have a condition which meets a listing will need to talk to a disability lawyer to make sure they have enough medical evidence to prove they cannot work.
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