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Disability after transplant

I am just wondering if it is common for transplant recipients to apply for disability?  I am 3 months post transplant and am not currently receiving any income.  I have seen online that transplant patients can apply for SSI/Disability for a year after transplant.  Does anyone have experience with this?  I was a liver recipient.



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  • I started receiving my SS disability before I got my lung transplant. It depends upon what your medical records say and what the Doctors at SS say.

  • If your doctor agrees you cannot work, then you can apply!  It takes 5 months from the time your application is approved to begin receiving benefits. 
    I went on disability when my first kidney transplant began to fail and I am still not able to work after my 2nd transplant.
    good luck!

  • My transplant Dr. said they would not sign off on disability.
    • That is really unheard of. Are you talking about soon after transplant or after few a long time (like 1-2 yrs). I went on my disability 3 weeks before my transplant and returned to work (from home at the beginning) after 10 weeks on disability leave. 

  • Hi Kathy,

    All Tx recipients are eligible for three years of SSDI benefits.  The amount is based on your best 15 quarters of employment.  You can apply on line and when approved you will receive payments monthly.  Your Tx social worker can help you with the proper paperwork to begin.  I would not wait, as benefits begin when you apply, not when you became eligible.

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  • Hi Kathy,

    I think you can apply for this. I had applied through my employer. Also, your transplant center's social worker should be able to help you with application and submitting it. 

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