Osteosarcoma and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable osteosarcoma (bone cancer) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Osteosarcoma?
Osteosarcoma is bone cancer. It can occur in any bone, but it most commonly strikes the body’s longer bones and those with the fastest growth rate, such as the shin, the femur, and the upper arm. In some cases, osteosarcoma is passed down through families. It has also been linked to a specific gene whose presence suggests a higher risk of developing the cancer. It is the most common malignant bone cancer in children. The average age of diagnosis is 15, though it is also seen in people over the age of 60. The prognosis for those diagnosed with osteosarcoma depends upon the age and health of the individual and whether or not the cancer has metastasized to the lungs and/or other parts of the body. Chemotherapy and surgery are commonly employed treatments.
Some of the symptoms of osteosarcoma include:
- Bone pain
- Bone fracture
- Limitation of motion
- Unexplained localized tenderness, swelling, or redness
- Leg pain when walking
- Arm pain when lifting
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Osteosarcoma
Osteosarcoma that is metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable osteosarcoma, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable osteosarcoma, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.