Glioblastoma multiforme represents a type of tumor that damages the performance of the central nervous system. If you have received a diagnosis for the disease, the symptoms might rapidly develop into a serious healthcare issue that prevents you from working.
As one of the medical conditions that automatically qualifies you for disability benefits, glioblastoma multiforme might get you fast-tracked approved for financial assistance by requestion help from the Compassionate Allowance program.
Five features make the Compassionate Allowance program popular among claimants that suffer from a serious disease like glioblastoma multiforme.
Best Feature of the Compassionate Allowance Program
In 2008, the Social Security Administration (SSA) unveiled the Compassionate Allowance program to give claimants that suffered serious medical conditions fast-track approval for financial assistance. Instead of waiting weeks, if not months to hear back from the SSA, the Compassionate Allowance program expedites the requests for financial assistance by applicants that suffered serious symptoms caused by diseases such as glioblastoma multiforme.
In addition to a much faster approval process, the Compassionate Allowance program requires no additional information from an applicant. This means that if you have already submitted a claim with the SSA for Social Security disability benefits, the SSA uses the same information submitted with the original claim to decide your eligibility for Compassionate Allowance.
You also benefit from the much quicker awarding of compensation. Approved Compassionate Allowance requests typically lead to a short interval between approval and financial assistance. Medicare covers any gap created in financial assistance.
Compassionate Allowance for Glioblastoma Multiforme
Striking adults between 45 and 70 years old, glioblastoma multiforme is the most malignant type of brain tumor. Malignant cells can spread rapidly throughout the brain, as well as into the spinal cord. The early stage of the disease can include vomiting, frequent headaches, and abrupt mood changes.
As symptoms worsen, patients often experience a significant loss of appetite and a dramatic change in cognitive abilities that include thinking, learning, and memory capacity.
A combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy treats the disease, with chemo and radiation potentially producing serious health consequences. Both procedures can lead to a large number of side effects that exacerbate the decline in the health of glioblastoma multiforme patients.
Getting Disability Benefits Approved for Glioblastoma Multiforme
To qualify for disability benefits via the Compassionate Allowances program, you have to submit overwhelmingly convincing medical documentation. If your primary doctor suspects the development of a brain tumor, you can expect to visit a neurologist for diagnostic testing. The results of diagnostic tests give you the medical evidence you need to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
A neurological examination can reveal issues with your strength, vision, balance, and coordination. If the results of the examination indicate the presence of a serious brain tumor, the neurologist handling your case might run a series of imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis delivered by the neurological examination.
The results of several specialized MRI scans, such as a functional MRI, perfusion MRI, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy can support the results of a biopsy test.
Getting Legal Support for a Compassionate Allowance Request
Before you submit a disability claim with the SSA, sit down with a Social Security lawyer to determine whether your symptoms for glioblastoma multiforme warrant the fast-track approval of financial assistance. Your attorney can refer you to a healthcare specialist that runs the diagnostic tests you need to submit a successful claim. Most Social Security attorneys schedule a free case evaluation.