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Neoplasia May Make You Eligible for Boston Social Security


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8/11/2013
John L. Keefe
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Neoplasia, or a neoplastic disease, is the abnormal growth of cells, more commonly known as a tumor. This tumor may be benign, but in many cases it is malignant and cancerous. When a tumor is malignant it can have a serious impact on your neurological system, which may leave you unable to perform the same tasks or work you once did. As a result, you may be eligible to receive benefits while you are out of work.

Although your condition may cause you serious pain and leave you unable to work as you once did, there are certain criteria that must be met in order to be eligible to receive benefits:

  • The type of malignancy
  • The location of the tumor
  • The limitation imposed by the tumor on your ability to work
  • The extent of involvement when the malignancy first appeared
  • Your medical treatment plan

This can be very complicated to show, and may leave you confused as to what the Social Security disability office considers a malignant tumor. The following are a few examples of how the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates various neoplastic diseases as malignant to a point that you become eligible to receive benefits.

  • Lymphoma. The body responds well to many treatments for lymphoma. For this reason, the SSA may wait to provide you with disability benefits until they determine whether treatment works to stabilize the disease. If treatment does not stabilize the disease, then you may be eligible for benefits.
  • Leukemia. There are varied levels of leukemia, including acute, chronic, and chronic lymphocytic. Depending on what type of leukemia you have and the treatment you receive, you may be qualified to receive benefits.
     
  • Heavy Chain Disease. This must be confirmed with protein electrophoresis. Then, the SSA will determine the impact this disease has on your system.
     
  • Carcinoma. If you have carcinoma in situ, or pre-invasive carcinoma, your treatments may be able to stabilize the condition. If you have any other stage or type of carcinoma, you may be able to receive benefits.
     
  • Brain tumors. If your brain tumor is classified as grade II or higher, and causes neurological or psychological impairment, you may be eligible for benefits.
     

Proving that your tumor is malignant is not easy. A Massachusetts SSI attorney can help you get a deeper understanding of the law and how it pertains to your specific condition. Contact us today to learn more about what it takes to have your neoplastic condition covered under Social Security disability law in Massachusetts.



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