If you have anaplastic ependymoma, your symptoms may prevent you from working. If you can’t work and earn an income, covering the costs of your basic needs will prove challenging.
You could seek assistance by filing a claim for disability benefits through the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). That said, you may have heard the process of applying for benefits, waiting for an approval, and receiving benefits (assuming the SSA approves your claim) can take months.
Thankfully, that’s not always the case. Someone with anaplastic ependymoma may be able to receive disability benefits sooner than normal if they qualify for a Compassionate Allowance. Keep reading to learn more.
What is Anaplastic Ependymoma?
Anaplastic ependymoma is a tumor that forms in the central nervous system. This condition often develops in the brain when it affects children, and in the spinal cord when it affects adults. However, patients of any age can develop anaplastic ependymoma.
Anaplastic ependymoma is also a somewhat rare condition. According to estimates, fewer than 1,000 people in the U.S. have the condition at any given time. Because the condition affects the central nervous system, someone with an anaplastic ependymoma may struggle to perform various work-related physical tasks.
What Is A Compassionate Allowance?
The SSA’s Compassionate Allowance program exists so that applicants with serious and potentially life-threatening medical conditions don’t have to wait as long to receive disability benefits as they typically would. Using innovative technology and various other means, the SSA strives to identify claims from applicants whose conditions clearly entitle them to benefits.
The Compassionate Allowance program ideally works by allowing the SSA to expedite the approval of such applications. Upon approving an application for a Compassionate Allowance, the SSA will also expedite the distribution of funds to an applicant. In other words, if you qualify for a Compassionate Allowance, you may receive your money more quickly.
Anaplastic ependymoma is one condition that may qualify an applicant for a Compassionate Allowance. Per the SSA’s Blue Book, an applicant may receive a Compassionate Allowance if they have a nervous system condition such as this one. The Blue Book is a resource that describes the conditions that qualify applicants for disability benefits.
Medical Evidence For Anaplastic Ependymoma
If you have anaplastic ependymoma and are seeking disability benefits accordingly, you may need to provide sufficient medical evidence of your condition when submitting an application. Examples of the types of evidence you may have to provide include:
- Biopsy results and other such diagnostic testing results
- Evidence of relevant symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, vision changes, seizures, and changes in mood or personality
Providing as much medical evidence as you can is essential. The more thorough your application is, the greater the odds are that you’ll receive an approval for a Compassionate Allowance.
Get Help With Your SSD Claim
You don’t need to gather evidence and submit a claim for benefits yourself. Instead, consider hiring a disability lawyer with experience handling cases involving anaplastic ependymoma and disability benefits. Their expertise could improve your chances of receiving the benefits you may deserve. Learn more by taking the Free Case Evaluation on this page today to get connected and speak with an attorney—at zero cost to you.