What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition where blood pressure of the veins is elevated due to the inability to exchange oxygen from the heart. Chronic venous insufficiency symptoms include swelling, pain, varicose veins, and skin irritation. If the symptoms are severe enough they can cause a blood clot to form in the lower extremities, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If this blood clot migrates into the lungs, it can lead to a pulmonary embolism.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that conditions related to pulmonary embolism and DVT, such as CVI, can be disabling. For this reason, the SSA has listed it as an approved medical condition in the Social Security Disability Blue Book.
Does Pulmonary Embolism Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Qualifying for Social Security disability for pulmonary embolism or DTV alone can be difficult. This is also why you’re more likely to qualify if you have a recent CVI diagnosis.
When determining if you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits with CVI the SSA will look specifically at Section 4.11, “Chronic Venous Insufficiency” in the Blue Book. In order to get your chronic venous insufficiency disability claim approved, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Brawny edema has occurred within two-thirds of the leg between the ankle and knee or one-third of the leg between the hip and ankle.
- Superficial varicosities, stasis dermatitis, and either recurrent ulceration or persistent ulceration have not healed after 3 months of prescribed treatment.
Applying for Social Security disability due to CVI? Your doctor should provide you with proper medical documentation that best supports your claim.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Filing your claim through a Social Security attorney gives you the best chance for winning benefits the first time you apply. Disability advocates know how the process works, help you avoid claim paperwork errors and even pay for your complete medical records. Unless you win a cash settlement, you owe your lawyer $0 for legal assistance. Why not sign up for a free, no-obligation consultation over the phone before you apply? That way, you can get confidential answers that apply to your specific situation before starting your claim.
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