Primary Effusion Lymphoma (PEL) 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? Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is PEL?
PEL, sometimes referred to as “body cavity lymphoma,” is an AIDS-related type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma tending to originate in body cavities such as the peritoneum (abdominal cavity), pleural space (chest cavity), and the pericardium (the cavity containing the heart and the roots of its large vessels). PEL, which originates in a proliferation of cancerous B-cells (lymphocytes), is directly caused by the human herpes virus type 8 (HHV-8), and nearly all patients with PEL are HIV-positive. The prognosis for affected individuals is poor, as PEL is often resistant to chemotherapy drugs effective against other types of lymphomas. Those diagnosed with PEL generally survive about 6 months beyond diagnosis.
Some of the symptoms of PEL include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain and/or distension
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 PEL
PEL qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PEL, 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 PEL, 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.