Compassionate Allowance - Malignant Ectomesenchymoma

Malignant ectomesenchymomas are very rare, rapidly growing tumors of the body's nervous system or soft tissue. This particular type of cancer is usually found in children and young adults. The tumors usually form in the neck, head, abdomen, perineum, or limbs. Symptoms of the condition vary as they are not specific and are usually caused by compression. Even though symptoms vary, however, individuals who are diagnosed with the condition are usually unable to maintain gainful employment due to their individual symptoms and the side effects of necessary treatment. This lack of income can create significant financial strain, although Social Security Disability benefits can help in many cases.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with Malignant Ectomesenchymoma

Prior to 2008, all Social Security Disability claims were handled in the same way. Regardless of an applicant's condition, it would take a minimum of two to four months to be approved for benefits. The SSA began to realize that some conditions warranted expedited approvals due to the severity of symptoms or poor prognosis and in 2008 they implemented the Compassionate Allowances program. Under this program, certain applicants could qualify for benefits in as little as 10 days rather than having to wait months for a response from the SSA. Malignant ectomesenchymoma is one of the conditions that may qualify an individual for claim processing under the Compassionate Allowances program.

To qualify for benefits under the SSA's Compassionate Allowances listing for malignant ectomesenchymoma, you will need to furnish the SSA with medical evidence that proves that your condition meets the Compassionate Allowances listing criteria. To do this, you will want to provide the SSA with:

  • A clinical history and examination that describes the diagnostic features of the impairment; and
  • Copies of imaging reports describing the type and stage of the tumor; and
  • Laboratory findings; and
  • Biopsy reports.

How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits with Malignant Ectomensenchymoma

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you may do so online via the SSA's website or in person at your local Social Security office. During the application process you will be asked to fill out a number of forms. Make sure you fill out each of these forms completely and with specific and very detailed answers. The answers that you provide on these forms will help the adjudicator reviewing your case understand how your condition qualifies you for Social Security Disability benefits under the SSA's Compassionate Allowances program.

While it is rare for the SSA to deny benefits for a disability claim for a Compassionate Allowances listing, it does happen. A denial of benefits usually occurs due to claim forms that have not been filled out properly or a lack of sufficient medical evidence. If your disability benefits are denied during the initial stage of the application process, your appeal will be given priority as a Compassionate Allowances listing. You may, however, want to retain the services of a disability lawyer for purposes of your appeal. A disability attorney can help you understand why your initial claim for benefits was denied and can inform you of what you need to do to strengthen your case so you can overturn the denial through the appeal process.