Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Blood Clots

Blood clots are defined as gelatinous masses of fibrin and blood cells formed by the coagulation of blood. Each year, about 900,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with blood clots. Blood clots are evaluated under the body system they affect, so they’re found under multiple sections of the Blue Book. Visit Section 3.00—Respiratory Systems and Section 4.00—Cardiovascular Systems to learn more.

Do Blood Clots Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with blood clots do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. The requirements are as follows:

  • Chronic pulmonary insufficiency, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to any cause, including blood clots. Your highest Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1) must be equal or less to the SSA’s height-FEV table. You can speak to your doctor about whether or not you’ve taken the FEV1 exam before.
  • Chronic impairment of gas exchange due to clinically documented pulmonary disease, with persistent low arterial blood gas at rest or low single breath.
  • Chronic and irreversible enlargement of the right side of the heart, secondary to chronic high blood pressure, with either a high mean pulmonary artery pressure or low blood oxygen.
  • Recurrent and uncontrolled heart arrhythmias. They must be shown in tests at least three times in a 12-month period with intervening time in between and must not respond to regular medical treatment.
  • Heart defects with one of the following:
    • The appearance of a blue or purple coloration of the skin or mucous membranes due to the tissues near the skin surface having low oxygen, called “cyanosis,” while at rest
    • Intermittent right-to-left shunting resulting in cyanosis on exertion with low oxygen blood flow during strenuous activity.
    • Secondary pulmonary vascular obstructive disease causing high blood pressure
  • Bulge of aorta or other major branches, due to any cause, not controlled by prescribed treatment

If your blood clots cause any other effects not listed here, you can still apply for benefits based on the symptoms of the clots or their effect on that body system. If you have any questions about the Blue Book listings or your likelihood of approval, talk to your doctor, especially if you find that your blood clots interfere with your ability to perform daily tasks or a full day of work.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve been diagnosed with blood clots and believe you may qualify, contact us today for a free disability case evaluation.

You could be entitled to $3,822 a month. See if you qualify today!

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