Social Security Disability Benefits for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

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, which is why it’s more likely to qualify if you were diagnosed with CVI.

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 be eligible 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.

When applying for Social Security disability with CVI your doctor may be able to provide you with the proper medical documentation needed in order to better support your claim.

Consider Seeking out Professional Help

Utilizing the help of a Social Security attorney or advocate can be extremely beneficial, especially when applying for benefits with a pulmonary embolism. Disability advocates know the ins and outs of the application process and may be able to help you get the financial compensation you deserve.

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