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Deep Vein Thrombosis and Disability Benefits

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a disorder in which a blood clot develops in one or more of the deep veins of your body. Deep vein thrombosis usually takes place in your legs where veins are situated deep within the muscles. Although blood clots do not normally affect you, if they do occur, they can cause serious health problems.

Meeting a Listing in the SSA Listing of Impairments for Deep Vein Thrombosis

Unfortunately, deep vein thrombosis is not one of the disorders that are listed in the SSA Listing of Impairments. However, this does not mean that you will not be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits because of your disability brought about by deep vein thrombosis.

You may be able to win Social Security Disability benefits through what is referred to as a medical vocational allowance. A medical vocational allowance is a term that is used by Disability Determination Services (DDS). Disability Determination Services are state agencies that are funded by the United States Federal Government. The DDS functions to make disability findings for the Social Security Administration.

How is the Social Security disability determination made?

When you apply for Social Security your application goes to the DDS in your state, and the Disability Determination Service office determines if you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

When the DDS receives the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income application they will request your medical records from your treating doctors.

Disability Determination Services will then look over and evaluate your records. If DDS determines that your medical records are not current or complete, or if they don’t cover all of the signs and symptoms on your application, they will send you for a consultative examination. A consultative exam is done by physicians who are contracted by DDS. They are not government employees, but they are simply contracted by the SSA to provide information about the severity of your health conditions.

Winning SSI or SSDI through a medical vocational allowance

Since deep vein thrombosis is not listed in the SSA Listing of Impairments, your DDS examiner may decide that you have a disability that is severe enough to keep you from engaging and working in what is known as “substantial gainful activity” (SGA).

The final step in the evaluation process is to assess your “residual functional capacity” to work. Basically, your residual functional capacity is the amount of work that you are capable of doing in spite of your limitations. If your residual capacity it is determined to be less than sedentary, there is an excellent chance that your application for Social Security disability benefits will be approved.






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