Salivary Gland Tumors 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? Salivary gland tumors are a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What are Salivary Gland Tumors?
Salivary gland tumors originate in the mouth. The salivary glands contain enzymes that initiate the digestive process and cleanse the mouth. There are three sets of major salivary glands: the parotid glands (located in each cheek), the submandibular glands (located in the back of the mouth), and the sublingual glands (in the bottom of the mouth). There are also thousands of minor salivary glands located throughout the mouth. A salivary gland tumor originates in the ducts that drain the salivary glands; most malignant salivary gland tumors are carcinomas, which are tumors that begin in the tissues that line body cavities. The prognosis for those diagnosed with salivary gland tumors depends upon the size and location of the tumor, as well as whether or not it has metastasized. Surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy are the available treatment options.
Salivary Gland Tumor Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of salivary gland tumors include:
- A firm swelling in one of the salivary glands
- Facial swelling
- Trouble moving one side of the face (facial nerve palsy)
- Fluid draining from the ear
- Trouble swallowing
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 Salivary Gland Tumors
Salivary gland tumors qualify you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with salivary gland tumors, 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 salivary gland tumors, 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.