Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that occurs in your plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. As you may imagine, cancer in your blood can be quite devastating and affect multiple parts of your body. Because your plasma is responsible for building proteins to help fight infection, those with this type of cancer are prone to experiencing infections and frequent sickness.

Along with dramatically increasing the risk of infection by being around people at work, multiple myeloma also causes a host of side effects that make keeping a job nearly impossible. Fortunately, Social Security disability insurance may help.

How You May Receive Social Security

Those with multiple myeloma may qualify for disability insurance through a few different paths, including the following:

  • The disability listing. Fortunately, Social Security has a disability listing for multiple myeloma. This means that if you have the disease and meet certain criteria, you may receive help. If your cancer hasn’t responded to a full course of initial treatment, and continues to progress after, or if you have had a stem cell or bone marrow transplant within the past 12 months, you may qualify. However, you’ll need to submit the proper medical evidence that proves the severity of your condition.
  • Residual functional capacity. Multiple myeloma can cause a variety of problems in the body. For instance, anemia, hyperviscosity syndrome, kidney problems, bone damage and fractures, and increased calcium in the blood are some of the problems you can experience when you have this type of cancer. Having these issues on top of having the cancer can make working to the ability you were able to before impossible. If you can show the Social Security Administration that you aren’t able to work because of your condition, you may be able to receive help.

We May Be Able to Help

We understand you have enough to deal with right now. You don’t need the added responsibility of having to take on qualifying for Social Security, too. The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert have helped many residents of Daytona Beach get the Social Security they needed and may be able to do the same for you. Contact us today to learn more.