Chronic Venous Insufficiency Social Security Benefits
What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
Your legs’ veins return blood to your heart. They have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing in the opposite direction. If you have chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), your valves do not function properly, and some blood may return to your legs. This results in blood pooling or collecting in the veins.
CVI can cause pain, edema, and changes in the skin in your legs over time. Additionally, it may result in open sores called ulcers on your legs.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Symptoms
The following could be symptoms regards to CVI:
- Swelling or heaviness in the lower leg and ankle, particularly
- Veins varicose (twisted, enlarged veins close to the surface of the skin)
- Leather-like skin
- Without treatment, the pressure and swelling will cause the capillaries in your legs to burst. This may cause your skin to appear reddish-brown, particularly around the ankles. This may result in edema and ulceration. These ulcers are notoriously difficult to heal. There is a higher chance of infection occurring, which might result in additional complications.
Social Security Disability Benefits if You Have Chronic Venous Insufficiency Diagnosis
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has established that Chronic Venous Insufficiency is one of the debilitating disorders that might qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits. CVI is classified as a cardiovascular disease in the SSA’s disability listing handbook (often referred to as the “Blue Book.” To be eligible for benefits, a condition must meet specific diagnostic criteria relating to the severity of the impairment caused. These are the following criteria:
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency of a lower extremity affecting the deep venous system and involving one of the following:
- Extensive brawny edema (edema that does not remain indented when pressed with a finger) involving at least two-thirds of the shin/calf area or the lower part of the leg between the hip and ankle,
- Varicose veins on the surface, stasis dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition), and recurring or persistent ulcerations that have not responded to at least three months of prescribed treatment.
- Typically, CVI is identified in its early stages through a review of the symptoms. Ultrasound studies of the blood flow patterns can be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Social Security Benefits Case
If Chronic Venous Insufficiency issues have limited your ability to make a living, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Since the disease must be in an advanced stage to achieve the qualifying criteria, proper documentation in the exhibit file is critical. As a result, you should consult with a Social Security Disability attorney about your case.
Fill out a free evaluation form to see if your qualify and contact a Social Security Disability attorney today! There are experts out there that do this for a living. It can save you time and the risk of making mistakes on your application, resulting in denial of your application.