Peritoneal Mesothelioma 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? Peritoneal mesothelioma is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer that originates in the cell walls that line the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum). This thin cellular lining functions as a lubricant, allowing the abdominal organs and structures to expand and contract normally. This type of cancer is directly linked to asbestos exposure, either through ingestion and digestion or through inhalation. Peritoneal mesothelioma is relatively rare and can remain latent for as long as 50 years after asbestos exposure before producing symptoms. This cancer produces symptoms that resemble less severe gastrointestinal conditions; consequently, it is frequently misdiagnosed. Anyone with a history of asbestos exposure should be mindful of his or her risk of developing peritoneal mesothelioma. The prognosis for affected individuals is poor, and many die within one year of diagnosis; however, early detection and treatment can increase a patient’s post-diagnosis life expectancy.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include:
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Weight loss
- Bowel obstruction
- Blood clotting issues
- Night sweats
- Lumps under the skin on the abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
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 Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Peritoneal mesothelioma qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, 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 peritoneal mesothelioma, 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.