The brain is a fragile organ. A minor blow to the head or a genetic defect can leave an individual affected for the rest of his or her life. Recovering from any kind of neurological disorder can be challenging, if at all possible. For this reason, many sufferers find themselves unable to work, earn a living wage and provide for themselves and their families. When this is the case, they may need to turn to Social Security disability for assistance.
One neurological condition that may qualify an individual for SSD benefits is a benign brain tumor. In order to qualify for benefits, the tumor must have a significant effect on the claimant. One way to qualify under this medical condition is to show medical evidence that the tumor has led to a disorganization in the motor functions of at least two limbs. This disorganization must lead to trouble standing, walking or using one’s arms.
An individual can also qualify for this medical condition if the tumor leads to other problems. Amongst these problems are limitations related to concentration, interacting with other individuals, or understanding and recalling information. In order to qualify and receive disability benefits, these limitations must be evidenced by medical documentation. Therefore, it is critical that those with a benign brain tumor see the doctor and ask questions about how the tumor is affecting their capabilities.
Sadly, those who have documentation of a brain tumor’s effect on their abilities may still be denied Social Security disability. If this is the case, a claimant may want to think about appealing the denial. To learn more about how to appeal a denial and how best to strengthen an SSD claim, a disabled individual may want to consult with a legal professional.
Source: Social Security Administration, “11.00 Neurological – Adult,” accessed on Oct. 16, 2016