Pleural 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? Pleural mesothelioma is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Pleural Mesothelioma?
Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that originates in the cellular membrane (the pleura) that lines and lubricates the lungs and chest wall. The most common type of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma is directly linked to asbestos exposure through inhalation. This cancer, which causes the pleura to thicken and harden, can remain latent for decades after asbestos exposure before producing symptoms. Anyone with a history of asbestos exposure should be mindful of his or her risk of developing pleural mesothelioma. Left untreated, pleural mesothelioma can spread to the outer chest wall, abdomen, and heart. 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.
Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
- Chest pain
- Breathing pain
- Fluid in the chest
- Trouble swallowing
- Coughing up blood
- Lumps under the skin in the chest area
- Blood clotting issues
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss
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 Pleural Mesothelioma
Pleural 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 pleural 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 pleural 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.