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Brain tumors and SSDI benefits: some brief information

Brain tumors have very much been in the news lately after the recent diagnosis of U.S. Senator John McCain. Did you know that brain tumors are not only very often a serious, even potentially fatal condition for Tennessee residents, they can be a disabling condition as well? This blog post will provide some brief information about brain tumors and how those living with them may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Although most people think of cancer when they think of brain tumors, the fact is that many brain tumors are non-cancerous. These brain tumors are often called benign brain tumors. Benign brain tumors are abnormal growths of tissue in or on the brain. These abnormal growths invade healthy brain tissue or apply pressure to the brain or to cranial nerves.

The name "benign brain tumor" is a little deceptive, as these tumors can have serious, even disabling effects on the lives of those living with them. If the impairment is serious enough, the person with the tumor may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits. A person may be eligible for Social Security if they have disorganization of motor function in two extremities. The disorganization must result in an extreme limitation in the person's ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking, or use their upper extremities.

Alternatively, a person living with a benign brain tumor may be eligible for SSDI benefits if they have a marked limitation in physical functioning as well as one other limitation. That other limitation could be understanding, remembering, or applying information; interacting with others; concentrating, persisting, or maintaining pace; or adapting or managing oneself.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security: 11.00 Neurological - Adult," accessed on July 20, 2017

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