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Brain Tumors and Disability

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Many people believe that Social Security disability benefits only apply to conditions that immediately cause disability such as paralysis from spinal injury. With conditions such as brain tumors, the actual tumor may not cause the disabling conditions, but rather the treatments associated with it.

The brain tumor itself can cause many symptoms that can impair your daily life. Some of the common symptoms include: 

  • headaches;
  • seizures;
  • mental abnormalities;
  • double vision; and
  • hearing problems.   

If any of these conditions are severe enough, especially headaches and seizures, they may qualify you as disabled and eligible for disability benefits. To qualify for disability under the Social Security Administration guidelines you must have had the condition or expect it to last for more than 12 months or until death. The condition must also impair your ability to perform substantial gainful activity.

Treatments for brain tumors can range from surgery which is normally not a long-term recovery process to long sessions of chemical and radiation therapy. Brain tumors that are surgically removed rarely raise cause for disability classification as the recovery normally only involves checking for signs of regrowth.

Chemical therapy such as steroids and chemotherapy can often cause many adverse side effects during treatment. Many chemotherapy patients see a decrease in their ability to fight other diseases and are often more prone to infections. Fatigue is also a common condition of chemotherapy patients as their body fights the poisons being used to kill the cancer.

Radiation therapy can also cause fatigue, skin conditions and irritation, and edema, also known as brain swelling. Edema can cause an increase in the brain tumor symptoms such as headaches and seizures, and often creates the need for additional medications with their own side effects.

Between the actual tumor symptoms and effects themselves and the side effects of the brain tumor treatment many patients find the need to file for Social Security disability benefits during their time battling a brain tumor. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and are found to be unable to work, you may want to discuss your situation with a Ft. Lauderdale disability representative.

Contacting a Ft. Lauderdale Disability representative 

If you or your loved is suffering from a severe physical or mental disability, you should contact a Social Security Disability associate immediately to learn about your rights and determine eligibility. The process of securing Social Security Disability and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits can be difficult and overwhelming. Don’t go it alone! The representatives at Disability Help Group understand the inner workings of the Social Security Administration and will help you navigate the system. Call us today for a FREE consultation -1-(800)-800-3332.