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Can’t Work Due to Multiple Myeloma? You May Qualify for Disability Benefits


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8/4/2015
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Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects the plasma cells. Plasma cells are present in the bone marrow. The main function of the plasma cells is to make proteins known as antibodies that help the body fight infection. When plasma cells develop abnormally, they become myeloma cells that can quickly multiply, increasing the level of protein in the blood to a dangerous degree. Many significant symptoms can then result, making it difficult or impossible for victims to carry out daily activities, including the ability to work in order to support oneself financially. As a result, Social Security disability benefits are crucial to the financial well-being of individuals dealing with this condition.

Obtaining Disability Benefits for Multiple Myeloma

When a condition is listed in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book of disabling conditions, applicants with such a condition may have an easier time obtaining benefits. The Blue Book publishes specific guidelines pertaining to each condition. When an applicant satisfies those requirements, the request for benefits is often granted.

Applicants with multiple myeloma satisfy the guidelines for benefits if they have been diagnosed with the condition, the diagnosis was confirmed by certain tests, and the applicant did not respond to initial therapy. In addition, if the patient underwent a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, he or she is automatically considered disabled for at least 12 months following the date of the transplant.

Even if you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify for benefits. Since your specific case of multiple myeloma does not meet the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book guidelines, you must instead show that you are eligible for benefits by demonstrating that you are unable to work as a result of your condition. In some cases, this may mean that your initial application for benefits is denied. However, you may still be able to obtain benefits by pursuing an appeal.

Attempting to obtain benefits as a result of your inability to return to work is more difficult if done without the guidance of an experienced legal professional. We can help maximize your chances for obtaining the benefits you deserve by assisting you through this process. Contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.

 



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