Mesothelioma is a rare cancer which affects the linings of internal organs. The cause of Mesothelioma is usually environmental, often caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos; a material which was commonly used in industry and construction before its harmful effects were fully known.
The Social Security Administration recognizes Mesothelioma as a condition that often causes complete disability. Those making Social Security Disability claims based on Mesothelioma generally have very little trouble having their claims accepted as long as the appropriate medical documentation accompanies the application. Those who do have any trouble receiving approval for Social Security Disability benefits while suffering from Mesothelioma or those who feel intimidated by the process would be well advised to seek representation from an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer.
Because Mesothelioma is caused by environmental conditions which are often experienced on the job, most Mesothelioma sufferers will also be entitled to compensation for their suffering from those who exposed them to Mesothelioma. In most cases, your Social Security Disability lawyer can also advise you concerning the best way to go about collecting compensation for damages you have suffered.
There are a number of symptoms associated with Mesothelioma, and different sufferers often experience very different symptoms. Among the more common symptoms are chest pain, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Abdominal swelling and excess abdominal fluid are also common symptoms. Early detection and treatment are critically important with Mesothelioma, and can make a significant difference in the length and quality of life enjoyed by those with the disease.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability with Mesothelioma, you will want to make sure that the type, severity, and extent of your Mesothelioma are included in your medical documentation. Both pleural and peritoneal Mesothelioma are listed as conditions automatically qualifying sufferers as disabled. Additionally, Mesothelioma sufferers are entitled to a compassionate allowance, which allows them to begin receiving Social Security Disability benefits (including Medicare) in a matter of weeks (usually about 3 weeks) rather than the months or years other Social Security Disability cases often take.
Mesothelioma and Your Ability to Perform Physical Work
There are a number of symptoms of Mesothelioma which make performing physical work difficult, if not impossible. The shortness of breath and chest pains certainly make exertion impractical. The fatigue and general pain which are associated with most forms of cancer make prolonged involvement in physical activity (including light physical activity) impossible for most Mesothelioma sufferers.
Fortunately, most >Mesothelioma sufferers will not even need to prove that they are incapable of performing physical work. The SSA considers Mesothelioma a condition that by definition precludes most people from reasonably being expected to perform physical work. Nevertheless, you should make sure to include all physical restrictions on your Social Security Disability claim forms and make sure that they are corroborated by your doctor’s statements.
Mesothelioma and Your Ability to Perform Sedentary Work
While some Mesothelioma sufferers may be able to perform sedentary work, it is generally not necessary to prove yourself unable. However, you should include all restrictions regarding sitting for extended periods, using your hands, or interacting with people, as these do come into play in determining whether one is qualified for sedentary work.
For Mesothelioma sufferers, listing restrictions is largely a formality, as Mesothelioma automatically qualifies you as disabled by Social Security Disability standards. However, having your paperwork in order can help expedite the process. A Mesothelioma diagnosis with no restrictions might invite more questions than a Mesothelioma diagnosis with all of your restrictions detailed. If you need help with the application process, consider hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer.