Can I Get Disability Benefits for Peripheral Vascular Arterial Disease?
If peripheral vascular disease has been preventing you from earning a living, you may be able to qualify for disability benefits through either the SSI or SSD program. Peripheral vascular disease is a painful, chronic condition that can get progressively worse over time.
With treatment, however, symptoms can be managed. As with any disease, one of the keys to recovery is taking the time to focus on getting better without stressing over things like work or finances. The SSI and SSD disability programs were designed to give individuals the resources they need to make ends meet, so they can commit to recovery.
Is Peripheral Vascular Disease a Disability?
Peripheral vascular disease affects more than 10 million Americans. Prevalence of the disease increases with age, with between 12% and 20% of adults over 65 affected. Of these, a sizable portion will have no noticeable effects. Unfortunately, those who do can suffer greatly, with common symptoms including:
- Numbness, pain, cramping and weakness in the feet or other extremities (known as claudication)
- Sores and ulcers that develop spontaneously and recover slowly
- Gangrene and necrosis of the extremities in extreme cases
One of the difficulties in applying for SSD or SSI disability for peripheral vascular disease is that the condition presents itself in many forms, with symptoms varying in severity.
Applying for Disability for Peripheral Vascular Disease
The first step in applying for social security disability benefits for peripheral vascular disease is knowing which program to apply to. U.S. citizens are covered under one of two programs:
- SSD Program: The Social Security Disability (SSD) program is for people who have worked previously and paid a certain amount into the Social Security system through taxes, over the course of their life.
- SSI Program:If you haven’t worked the required amount, or worked in a job that didn’t collect Social Security from your paycheck, you may still quality for benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program if you meet certain low income requirements.
Once your non-medical eligibility in either program has been determined, the next step in applying for disability for peripheral vascular disease is to prove the condition is severe enough to prevent you from working.
Supporting Your Claim
Medical evidence supporting a disability claim for PAD may include proof of claudication and low blood pressure in the legs, evidenced by any of the following:
- Systolic blood pressure less than 0.5 in the ankles or brachia
- Systolic blood pressure less than 0.4 in the toe
- A decrease of 50% or more in the systolic pressure of the ankles after exertion
Other evidence will be needed to establish the physical limitations that peripheral vascular disease has placed on you. This can include statements from yourself, your doctors, physical therapists, friends, and relatives about how long you can sit, stand, and walk, and what household chores and other daily activities you can and cannot perform.
If you are considering applying for Social Security disability for peripheral vascular disease, contact Ritacco Disability Law today. Our team can help you gather the evidence you need to make a strong case for the severity of your condition.
If you don’t meet the above criteria, or have been previously denied benefits, we may still be able to help — call 1-877-459-4799 today to schedule your free consultation.