Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Budd-Chiari Syndrome

Budd-Chiari Syndrome (BCS) is a rare condition in which the hepatic veins (veins that drain the liver) are blocked or narrowed by a clot (mass of blood cells). This blockage causes blood to back up into the liver, and as a result, the liver grows larger. The spleen (an organ located on the upper left side of the abdomen that helps fight infection by filtering the blood) may also grow larger. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 4.10 of the Blue Book.

Does Budd-Chiari Syndrome Qualify for Disability?

Because Budd-Chiari Syndrome affects the liver, you may be able to qualify for disability benefits using the SSA’s CLD criteria. The CLD is a formula used by the Social Security Administration to determine the severity of a chronic liver condition. If your score is 22 or higher, you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

To determine an applicant’s CLD score, specific medical tests are required and the results of those tests are used in a mathematical formula. To determine an individual’s CLD score, the following formula is used:

9.57 x [Loge(serum creatinine mg/dL)]
+3.78 x [Loge(serum total bilirubin mg/dL)]
+11.2 x [Loge(INR)]

If your score is 22 or higher using this formula, you will qualify for benefits under the SSA’s determining guidelines. If your score does not equal 22 or higher, you may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but you will need to prove to the Social Security Administration that your condition prevents you from performing any substantial gainful work activity. Normally this will be through the process of a disability appeal, which will require an appearance at a Social Security disability hearing.

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 Budd-Chiari Syndrome 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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