Arteriovenous Malformation and Getting Benefits
According to medical experts, brain AVMs occur in less than 1 percent of the general population which means there are approximately one in 200–500 people may have an AVM. AVMs are more common in males than in females.
What is arteriovenous malformation (AVM)?
AVM occurs when a grouping of blood vessels in the brain or on the surface of the brain "bypasses normal brain tissue and directly diverts blood from the arteries to the veins." This abnormal grouping of blood vessels can occur anywhere in the brain or on the covering of the brain, including the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes.
This grouping of blood vessels differs from the normal process whereby arteries carry blood containing oxygen from the heart to the brain, and veins carry blood with less oxygen away from the brain and back to the heart.
The exact cause of this condition is not known, although experts do not believe it is genetic.
Common symptoms of Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
There are a variety of symptoms of AVM including:
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe headache
- Sensory disturbance
- A pulsing in your head
- Severe unsteadiness
- A whooshing sound that can be heard when your skull is examined with a stethoscope
- Numbness or weakness
- Speech problems
Patients who have seizures or intracranial bleeding can eventually suffer brain damage and stroke. Stroke victims often experience permanent or temporary weakness, paralysis, difficulty with speech, vision or memory loss. The degree of loss of functionality varies based on the amount of brain damage, and the type of functionality loss depends on where the bleeding occurs in the brain.
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and SSDI benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is offered to claimants who have a severe health condition which will last at least 12 continuous months and does not allow a claimant to work. To qualify for SSDI claimants must also have worked and earned work credits and be considered "insured" for SSDI benefits.
To determine if a claimant is disabled the SSA will first determine if the claimant’s condition is on the SSA listing of impairments, which is simply a list of conditions and corresponding conditions which the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers automatically disabling. If your condition is not on this list the SSA will determine, through a medical vocational allowance, if you have the ability to work.
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and the SSA Listing
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is not specifically listed on the SSA listing of impairments, but if you have suffered any loss of neurological function due to seizures or any tremors or loss of motor function the SSA can evaluate your condition under listing 11.00 Neurological – Adult and determine if your symptoms are comparable to the listed conditions.
If the SSA determines your condition does not meet a listing this does not mean you will not win benefits, you simply must provide enough medical evidence to prove that given your age, work history, transferrable work skills, and education you do not have the capacity to work your old job, current job or retrain for new work. This will be easier for older claimants.
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