If someone is diagnosed with brain cancer, the Social Security Administration provides disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the Compassionate Allowance program. Being approved for brain cancer disability requires applicants prove they have brain cancer by submitting medical reports, diagnostic image scans and evidence that their condition or treatment side effects prevents them from working full-time.
How Do You Automatically Qualify for Brain Cancer Disability Benefits?
The SSA’s Blue Book of Medical Conditions lists brain cancer under neoplastic diseases, or diseases involving excessive cell growth. Applicants will immediately qualify for disability benefits if they are diagnosed with
- Malignant brain, spinal root or spinal cord tumors
- Brain cancer that has recurred or progressed after treatment
- Certain types of malignant tumors such as medulloblastoma or glioblastoma multiforme
Including a biopsy report in a brain cancer disability application facilitates approval of SSDI or SSI benefits. Physician statements regarding the diagnosis and prognosis of a neoplastic disease are also considered by SSA evaluators when determining whether to approve or deny a claim.
What is the Compassionate Allowances Program?
Qualifying for the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program (CAP) means you can be approved for benefits in weeks instead of months. Only serious, rapidly progressing medical conditions are eligible for CAP, such as glioblastoma multiforme or other fast-spreading tumors affecting the central nervous system. One of the most commonly diagnosed types of brain tumors, glioblastoma multiforme has an average survival time post-diagnosis of about 16 months. This is why the Social Security Administration has established the Compassionate Allowances program to help extremely ill individuals avoid financial stress while fighting brain cancer.
For immediate assistance with applying for brain cancer disability, please call the Law Office of Daniel Berger to speak to an experienced disability benefits attorney who understands how difficult it is to cope with a potentially terminal disease.