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Thrombophlebitis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

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Phlebitis is an inflammation of a vein. It is a circulatory problem that happens when a blood clot slows the circulation in a vein. Usually, this happens in your legs, but it can happen to veins in your arm and neck. When phlebitis is associated with the formation of blood clots the condition is called thrombophlebitis. Sometimes the condition is shortened and just called phlebitis. The name “thrombophlebitis” helps you to understand the nature of this condition. “Thrombo” means clot, and “phlebitis” means a vein with inflammation. There are two general types of thrombophlebitis. One takes place just under your skin and is called superficial thrombophlebitis. This type of thrombophlebitis is painful, but not life-threatening. When it happens deeper in your leg it is called deep thrombophlebitis. This is a potentially serious disorder that can endanger your life. The great danger of this type of the condition is that a portion of the blood clot may break away and move through your venous system to your lungs and form a pulmonary embolism. Death can result if one of your large pulmonary vessels is blocked. Some of the signs and symptoms of superficial thrombophlebitis are a red streak along the affected vein and obvious swelling. A red, tender and hard cord may be present right under the surface of your skin. There also may be pain and heaviness in your leg. Your pain is usually relieved when you elevate your leg and increased when it is lowered down. Signs and symptoms of deep thrombophlebitis are tenderness, pain and swelling of your entire leg. This is most obvious when you stand or walk. One of the dangers associated with deep thrombophlebitis is that there may be no signs or symptoms until the appearance of a pulmonary embolism. Thrombophlebitis and/or complications along with or resulting from it may be the reason that you or a loved one is unable to work. This condition may be the cause of you or your loved one’s disability. If this is the case, do you or your loved one need help? Do you need financial help? Where will that financial assistance come from? Who can you turn to? Who will help you? Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by thrombophlebitis and/or complications resulting from or along with it? Were you or your loved one denied? You or your loved one may decide to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, remember this. You or your loved one will need a reputable disability lawyer like the one you will find at to help you in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a reliable disability attorney are approved more often than those people who are not represented by a lawyer.