SFDCT / Dow Settlement Disease Criteria

Atypical Connective Tissue Disease (ACTD), Atypical Rheumatic Syndrome (ARS)
& Non-Specific Autoimmune Condition (NAC) - page 3
Do I Have A Case?
Expedited Release Checks Important Please Read
The Settlement Facility Dow Corning Trust has recently decided to send Expedited Release Payments ($2,000) to all claimants whose cases are idle.
The Dow Settlement criteria states that if you accept this payment you can NEVER apply for a disease claim in the future, even if you become sick.
If you receive one of these checks in the mail, please do not cash it until you speak with an attorney to discuss your potential claim.
Again, if you cash this check you have effectively settled your claim and can never get any additional money.
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.
ANA > or equal to 1:40
Positive ANA profile such as Anti-DNA, SSA, SSB, RNP, SM, Scl-70, centromere, Jo-1, PM-Scl or dsDNA (preferable to use ELISA with standard cutoffs)
Other autoantibodies, including thyroid antibodies, anti-microsomal, or anti-cardiolipin, or RF (by nephelometry with 40 IU cutoff)
Elevation of immunoglobulin (IgG, IgA, IgM)
Serologic evidence of inflammation such as elevated ESR, CRP
Documented arthralgia
Documented Myalgias
Chronic fatigue
Lymphadenopathy
Documented Neurological symptoms including cognitive dysfunction or paresthesia
Photosensitivity
Sicca symptoms
Dysphagia
Alopecia
Sustained balance disturbances
Documented sleep disturbances
Easy bruisability or bleeding disorder
Chronic cystitis or bladder irritability
Colitis or bowel irritability
Persistent low grade fever or night sweats
Mucosal ulcers confirmed by physician
Burning pain in the chest, breast, arms or axilla, or substantial loss of function in breast due to disfigurement or other complications from implants or explantation
Pathological findings: granulomas or siliconomas or chronic inflammatory response, or breast infections
Serologic abnormalities -- any one (1) of the following:
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Group III Signs and Symptoms:
C.
Lymphadenopathy (as defined by at least one (1) lymph node greater than or equal to 1x1 cm) documented by a physician

Dysphagia with positive cine-esophagram, manometry or equivalent imaging
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Severity/Disability Compensation Categories
The compensation level for ACTD/ARS/NAC will be based on the degree to which the individual is "disabled" by the condition, as the individual's treating physician determines in accordance with the following guidelines. The determination of disability under these guidelines will be based on the cumulative effect of the symptoms on the individual's ability to perform her vocational3, avocational4, or usual self-care5 activities. In evaluating the effect of the Breast Implant Claimant's symptoms, the treating physicians will take into account the level of pain and fatigue resulting from the symptoms. The disability percentages appearing below are not intended to be applied with numerical precision, but are, instead, intended to serve as a guideline for the physician in the exercise of his or her professional judgment.
A.
Death or total disability resulting from the compensable condition. An individual will 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 she can perform them only 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.
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