Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency occurs when your leg veins don’t allow blood to flow back up to your heart. Normally, the valves in your veins make sure that blood flows toward your heart, but when these valves don’t work well, blood can also flow backwards. This can cause blood to collect (pool) in your legs. Each year approximately 150,000 new patients are diagnosed with venous insufficiency. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 3.09 of the Blue Book.

Does Venous Insufficiency Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with venous insufficiency do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. Here they are below:

Venous insufficiency of a lower extremity involving the deep venous system and one of the following:

Extensive brawny edema (that is, edema that doesn’t remain indented with pressure from a finger) that involves at least 2/3 of the shin/calf area or the lower third of the leg between the hip and ankle, or Surface varicose veins, or stasis dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition) and recurrent or persistent ulcerations which have not responded to at least 3 months of prescribed treatment.

It is typically diagnosed in the initial stages by a review of the symptoms. The diagnosis can be confirmed through ultrasound readings of the blood flow patterns.

If the complications from venous insufficiency have impaired your ability to work or meet the Listing criteria, you may be entitled to receive Social Security disability benefits.

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 venous insufficiency 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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