If you suffer from a benign brain tumor that affects your ability to work at your job at Texas Instruments in Dallas and to function in general, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. There are generally three ways in which to qualify for these benefits. The first option is to show that you meet the specific “Blue Book” listing for a brain tumor outlined by the Social Security Administration. The second option is to show that you equal another listing outlined by the Social Security Administration. The last option is to prove that you are unable to work because of the condition.
Meeting the Benign Brain Tumor Listing
Benign brain tumors are a specific listing under the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. In order to qualify for disability benefits, however, you must show that you meet the impairment requirements for additional listings as well. These additional listing include seizures, strokes, speech problems, loss of hearing, or mental disorders. To prove that your benign brain tumor symptoms are accompanied by seizures, you must demonstrate that the seizures significantly impact your ability to function. To prove that your benign brain tumor symptoms also meet the requirements for a stroke under the Blue Book listing, you must show that you have had a stroke that now affects your ability to talk, walk, or use your arms.
In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you should first obtain a diagnosis from your physician verifying that you suffer from a benign brain tumor. You should then contact an attorney who can walk you through the disability application process.
Do you have questions right now? We encourage you to download our free guide, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.