If your multiple myeloma symptoms, complications, or treatment prevent you from working your Pittsburgh job, Berger and Green can help you file your application for Social Security disability for multiple myeloma. This could include monthly payments from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Berger and Green, we offer free case evaluations. We can review your situation, review your application, and help you apply for disability. If the Social Security Administration already denied your claim, we can help you fight to overturn the denial.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation.
You May Get Disability Based on Your Multiple Myeloma Symptoms
There is a listing for multiple myeloma in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book of impairment listings — Section 13.07 – Multiple Myeloma. Under this listing, you may qualify for disability benefits if:
Your test results confirm your diagnosis, including:
- Serum or urine protein electrophoresis; and
- Bone marrow tests.
- You did not respond to initial treatment; or
- Your disease progresses.
You Could Qualify If You Had a Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant
You could also receive approval for disability benefits if you required a bone marrow or stem cell transplant to treat your multiple myeloma. If approved under this listing, the Social Security Administration will review your claim after 12 months to determine if you still qualify. At that point, it will consider any lasting impairments that may meet the criteria.
Before You Apply for Disability
Before you apply for disability, we recommend discussing your claim with your doctor. Your medical records and test results will play a key role in getting you approved for benefits, and your doctor can ensure you have all the necessary proof.
Then, give us a call and let us review your application. We can make sure the correct information about your doctors is on your claim, and the Office of Disability Determination Services can get access to your medical records and evidence.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call (412) 424-6079
Understanding Your Residual Functional Capacity
Another way you may meet the qualifications for disability is through your residual functional capacity (RFC). If you do not meet the criteria under an impairment listing but cannot work and earn a living, a residual functional capacity assessment may be able to help. The Office of Disability Determination Services will assess your RFC. This allows the disability examiner managing your claim to understand:
- The type of work you can do
- How long you can work
- How often you can work
If it finds you cannot perform your previous job or another job you qualify for, you may get approval. You could also qualify if you can work but require accommodations.
In some cases, the Social Security Administration may ask you to attend a consultative examination to help it better understand your abilities. The Social Security Administration will pay for this appointment and will select the doctor. Failure to attend could result in a denial.
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We Can Help You Avoid a Technical Denial
Proving you suffer from a qualifying impairment is often the most difficult part of getting disability benefits, but it is paramount to pay attention to the technical qualifications for SSDI and SSI as well. We can review your application before you file it to ensure you did not leave any blanks or enter any incorrect information.
Once you file your claim, the staff from the local Social Security Administration field office will review it and ensure you meet the technical qualifications for each program. This includes:
- Having the required number of work credits for SSDI
- Having an earned income less than the current substantial gainful activity limit for SSDI
- Having a total income below the current SSI limits
- Having a limited number of assets as required by SSI rules
If you do not meet these requirements, the Social Security Administration could issue a technical denial. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Let Us Help You Appeal a Pittsburgh Disability Denial
The Social Security Administration makes it incredibly difficult to obtain approval based on your initial disability application. More than half of all applicants receive a denial notice in response to their claim. If this happened to you, Berger and Green can help. You only have 60 days to appeal a denial, so call or text us today at 412-661-1400.
When you let us handle your Social Security disability appeal, we will:
- Evaluate your situation for free
- Request an appeals hearing on your behalf if there is sufficient time to do so
- Investigate your denial and determine why it occurred
- Build a solid case showing you qualify for disability benefits
- Answer any questions or concerns you may have about your appeal
- Go after the full benefits and back pay you deserve based on the facts of your case
It will take a year or more before the date of your appeals hearing arrives. When it does, we will be there to represent you. We will present the case we built to the Administrative Law Judge and ask them to overturn your denial. We are often successful in getting clients approved for disability during this hearing. If this does not happen in your case, we can discuss potential next steps with you.
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Getting Social Security Disability for Multiple Myeloma in Pittsburgh, PA
If your multiple myeloma prevents you from working your Pittsburgh job, you may qualify for disability benefits. We can help you apply for SSDI and/or SSI. We can also handle your appeal if the Social Security Administration already denied your application for benefits. Let our team help you get the disability benefits you deserve.
We may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf if you suffer from any accident-related impairments. We will review your situation for free and can help you understand your legal rights.
Call or text us today at 412-661-1400 to get started with a complimentary consultation.