SFDCT / Dow Settlement Disease Criteria

Atypical Connective Tissue Disease (ACTD), Atypical Rheumatic Syndrome (ARS)
& Non-Specific Autoimmune Condition (NAC) - page 1
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SFDCT Medical Criteria
Learn about the medical criteria that you will need to meet in order to submit a disease claim through the SFDCT Settlement.
a.
Death or total disability due to the compensable condition. An individual shall be considered totally disabled if she demonstrates a functional capacity adequate to consistently perform none or only few of the usual duties or activities of vocation or self-care.
b.
A Breast Implant Claimant will be eligible for category B compensation if she is 35% disabled due to the compensable condition. An individual shall be considered 35% disabled if she demonstrates a loss of functional capacity which renders her unable to perform some of her usual activities of vocation, avocation, and self-care, or if she can only perform them with regular or recurring severe pain.
c.
A Breast Implant Claimant will be eligible for category C compensation if she is 20% disabled due to the compensable condition. An individual shall be considered 20% disabled if she can perform some of her usual activities of vocation, avocation, and self-care only with regular or recurring moderate pain.
any two (2) of the three (3) signs and symptoms listed in 5(a) (Group I)
any one (1) of the three (3) signs and symptoms listed in 5(a) (Group I), plus
any one (1) of the ten (10) signs and symptoms listed in 5(b) (Group II)
any three (3) of the ten (10) signs and symptoms listed in 5(b) (Group II)
any two (2) of the ten (10) signs and symptoms listed in 5(b) (Group II), plus
any one (1) additional (nonduplicative) sign or symptom from the eighteen (18)listed in 5(c) (Group III)
Internuclear ophthalmoplegia and/or bladder or speech involvement secondary to central nervous system disease
Raynaud's phenomenon evidenced by the patient giving a history of two (2) color changes, or visual evidence of vasospasm, or evidence of digital ulceration.
Polyarthritis defined as synovial swelling and tenderness in three (3) or more joints lasting greater than six (6) weeks and observed by a physician.
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca: subjective complaints of dry eyes and/or dry mouth, accompanied by any one (1) of the following:
5.
Symptom Groupings:
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A. Group I Signs and Symptoms:
1.
Lacrimal or salivary enlargement
2.
Parotid enlargement
3.
Abnormal Schirmer's test
4.
Abnormal Rose-Bengal staining
5.
Filamentous keratitis
6.
Abnormal parotid scan or ultrasound
7.
Abnormal CT or MRI of parotid
8.
Abnormal labial salivary biopsy
1.
This category will provide compensation for Breast Implant Claimants experiencing symptoms that are commonly found in autoimmune or rheumatic diseases but which are not otherwise classified in any of the other compensable disease categories. This category does not include individuals who have been diagnosed with classical rheumatoid arthritis in accordance with ACR criteria, but will include individuals diagnosed with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD). However, such inclusion is not intended to exclude from this category persons who do not meet the definition of UCTD, it being intended that individuals not meeting the classic definitions of UCTD will be compensated pursuant to the provisions contained herein relative to ACTD, ARS, and NAC.
2.
Eligibility for Atypical As with other individuals who fit within this disease compensation program, the fact that a breast implant recipient has been in the past mis-diagnosed with classic rheumatoid arthritis or the fact that the symptoms of classic rheumatoid arthritis may coexist with other symptoms will not exclude the individual from compensation herein. Persons who meet the criteria below and may have a diagnosis of atypical rheumatoid arthritis will not be excluded from compensation under this category.Disease Syndrome requires both:
3.
Eligibility criteria and compensation levels for eligible Breast Implant Claimants are set forth below in the Compensation Categories, which classify individuals in accordance with the following groups of symptoms. If the Breast Implant Claimant's Qualified Medical Doctor determines that a symptom is clearly and specifically caused by a source other than breast implants, that symptom will not be utilized in the diagnosis of Atypical Connective Tissue Disease/Atypical Rheumatic Syndrome unless the Claims Office determines that other submissions indicate that the symptom should be utilized. A symptom that may be caused only in part by a source other than breast implants is not excluded from such utilization.
4.
A diagnosis of ACTD, ARS, or NAC must satisfy one of the following sets of criteria:
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