Q Am I eligible for disability benefits due to a multiple myeloma diagnosis?
After receiving a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, you may be unable to return to work. This can create a significant financial strain on you and your family. Fortunately, disability benefits may be available that will alleviate some of that financial burden. This allows you to keep your focus exactly where it should be—on your health.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits Due to Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is a specific listing under the Social Security Administration’s blue book. This means that you will qualify for disability benefits under the listing if you meet the following:
- You were diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
- Your condition does not respond, or continues to progress, after a full course of initial treatment.
- You have had a stem cell or bone marrow transplant within the past 12 months.
In order to qualify, you also need to show sufficient medical evidence. This may include:
- Laboratory test results showing that you have qualifying protein levels in your blood or urine.
- Laboratory test results showing your bone marrow findings.
- A history of the treatments you have received, including type and length, and your response to such treatments.
- Evidence that shows your cancer is getting worse despite this treatment.
In addition, some people who suffer from multiple myeloma may also experience significant kidney disease. As a result, they may qualify for disability benefits under the listing for kidney disease.
Obtaining disability benefits is crucial for most people suffering from a debilitating condition like multiple myeloma. Hiring an attorney to represent you through this process can maximize your chances for obtaining the benefits you deserve. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.