It depends. If you were diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at Morristown Medical Center, you could very well be approved for Social Security disability benefits—and you may even qualify for expedited payment. If your tumor is not cancerous, your approval will depend on your limitations and symptoms.

What Does The Social Security Administration Need to Approve Disability for a Brain Tumor?

  • Medical records. The first step toward providing proof of your condition is a comprehensive medical overview of your diagnosis. A copy of your MRI or CT scan, blood test results, and overview of your prognosis and treatment plan from your doctor will help the Administration judge the severity and duration of your impairment.
  • Symptoms. Many brain tumor patients suffer side effects that make it impossible for them to work, such as nausea, mood swings, sensory disturbances, or seizures. In some cases, victims will suffer paralysis, tremors, spasms, or other difficulties controlling their bodily movements. You should document all of your symptoms and specifically state how each symptom interferes with your work.
  • Episodes. Brain tumors are often unpredictable, causing a sudden relapse or episode after months of normal function. If your tumor has caused episodes of dysfunction, outline what happened during the episode from the onset to complications and treatment. Take care to note the date and duration of each episode, and mention any permanent side effects or physical difficulties you experienced afterward.

For many patients with neurological conditions, it is not the disease—it is the treatment that causes impairment. If you must undergo surgery to remove the tumor, you could experience complications during your recovery—and you will likely not be able to work for some time afterward. If surgery is not required, your anti-seizure medications or other drugs can make you chronically tired, making it dangerous for you to drive or perform your normal job functions adequately.

If you’re not sure what to do next to get your benefits approved, click the contact link on this page to tell us your story. We can give you answers to all of your questions, and we do not charge you anything unless we win your case.

Manfred Ricciardelli
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Morristown Workers' Compensation Lawyer