Being diagnosed with any medical condition can be scary. Yet, there are some medical conditions that are more frightening than others. Cancer, for example, can have an individual fearing for his or her life and the financial well-being of his or her family. Although tumors are often a sign of cancer, sometimes they are benign. This is not to say that they cannot interfere with one’s life, though, as they can also have a severe negative impact on an individual’s day-to-day activities.
One example is benign brain tumors. Depending on size and location, these tumors can impact an individual’s cognitive and physical capabilities. When severe enough, the effects of a benign brain tumor can render an individual unable to work and earn a wage. In these instances, the brain tumor sufferer and his or her family can find themselves in a difficult financial position.
The good news is that Social Security disability benefits may be available to these individuals. In order to qualify for benefits, a sufferer must show that he or she meets the Social Security Administration’s requirements. For benign brain tumors, this means showing that there is a disorganization of motor function in at least two limbs that results in serious limitations. These limitations may involve the ability to stand, walk, or coordinate the upper extremities. An individual may also prove he or she qualifies if there are evidenced limitations affecting his or her memory, understanding, interactions with others, concentration, or managing one’s self.
Proving that one meets these elements may not be easy. In order to put forth the most convincing claim possible, a benign brain tumor sufferer should be sure to gather all supporting medical documentation. It may also be beneficial to discuss the matter with an experienced attorney, who may be able to assist with crafting a persuasive claim, or an appeal if an initial claim has been denied.
Source: Social Security Administration, “11.00 Neurological – Adult,” accessed on Oct. 9, 2016