In a previous post, we started a series on the rare conditions included on the Compassionate Allowances list. This list makes it easier and faster for those with certain conditions to access the Social Security benefits for which they are obviously eligible.
Continuing on with that series, we will be taking a look at pleural mesothelioma in this post. Pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer that most often affects people who have been exposed to significant levels and concentrations of asbestos. The cancerous cells are found in the lining of the lungs and can cause serious health complications for victims.
Pleural mesothelioma can be a particularly upsetting cancer, as it can be difficult to diagnose and is often very aggressive. The symptoms of this illness, which include chest pain, shortness of breath and painful coughs, can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions. By the time a doctor has confirmed a diagnosis of mesothelioma, the cancer may have spread too quickly for treatment to be effective.
Treating this illness can be expensive, and immediate care is often necessary. People with pleural mesothelioma may think about pursuing workers' compensation or a personal injury claim against a manufacturer of asbestos, but these actions can take a long time and compensation is not guaranteed. This is why people should also know that they could collect Social Security disability benefits.
Because pleural mesothelioma is included on the list of Compassionate Allowances, sufferers can apply for and receive benefits much more quickly than others, which can be essential for people who need financial support to cover living expenses and medical bills.
These benefits can provide some relief to families dealing with this devastating illness and allow them to focus more on treatment. Working with an attorney to pursue SSDI benefits can also be effective at easing the stress and anxiety of trying to navigate a complicated system.