Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition causing blood clots to develop in veins, specifically veins in the legs. DVT prevents blood from flowing normally through veins, resulting in chronic pain and swelling. What makes deep vein thrombosis especially dangerous to a person’s health is the potential for one or more of these blood clots to dislodge, travel to other areas of your body, produce embolisms and increase the risk of pulmonary embolism or stroke. People with DVT or other chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) may qualify for Social Security disability if they can demonstrate DVT or a CVI affects their ability to work and is expected to last for a least one year.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

How Does the Social Security Administration Classify Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency and DVT are found in the SSA Book Book’s cardiovascular system category. CVI is described by the SSA as “obstruction or incompetency of the deep vein system between the hip and ankle” or as “stasis dermatitis, superficial varicosity and persistent or recurrent ulceration that has not responded to treatment for three or more months”.

What is Required to be Approved for Social Security Disability for DVT or CVI?

Typically, the SSA does not approve DVT claims unless complications prevent the applicant from maintaining employment. To meet eligibility requirement for chronic venous insufficiency, you must prove you have been diagnosed with one or more the following conditions:

  • Severe swelling of the leg (s) clinically referred to as “brawny edema”. Swelling must also be accompanied by skin discoloration and thickening of tissues
  • Chronic leg itching, burning and cramping
  • Recurring wounds that fail to heal properly despite 90+ days of doctor-prescribed treatment

Doctor reports submitted by claimants must show a detailed history of CVI/DVT, all treatments received and how this condition has interfered with the claimant’s ability to work or perform normal daily activities.

What is Residual Function Capacity Analysis?

Frequently, people with deep vein thrombosis may not meet the SSA’s Blue Book definitions of a disabling condition. If this happens, a residual function capacity analysis could be completed to determine if a claimant is eligible for Social Security disability under their medical vocational allowance system.

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