Individuals who are considering filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits are often curious about whether or not their condition actually “counts” as a disability. They may be able to see very clearly the way that it impacts their daily life. But they may not be as sure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is going to see things the same way or that they will get approved for benefits.
Consider someone who is suffering from mesothelioma. This is an aggressive type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. The asbestos fibers are inhaled and become trapped in the tissues, often in a person’s abdomen or around their lungs and chest cavity. These can then develop into cancer, although there is sometimes a delay of decades between the initial exposure to asbestos and the onset of the disease itself. This condition can be truly debilitating.
Mesothelioma can qualify as a disability
Cancer can “count” as a disability under both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the regulations set up by the Social Security Administration. Cancer itself can make it harder for someone to work. A patient may experience things like trouble breathing or severe abdominal pain. These challenges can be enough to keep them out of work, even before they’ve had an official diagnosis.
Cancer is also often very hard on a person’s body. In some cases, surgery is possible, but then there can be long recovery times. Various treatments can cause people to feel sick, fatigued, weak and unable to work. In fact, many people who are going through cancer treatment have a hard time just carrying out everyday tasks around the house and need consistent assistance as a result of their physical challenges.
Might you qualify for benefits?
You may have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another type of cancer, and you may be considering your options. It is very important to understand that you can qualify for certain benefits, provided that you take certain steps – such as providing medical documentation and evidence of your condition – as you get the application process underway. Seeking legal guidance and support accordingly can be tremendously helpful.