One of the many hardships of dealing with mesothelioma is the loss of energy and feeling winded quickly after walking. However, you probably still need to run errands, go shopping, and most importantly keep all of your medical appointments. Having the convenience of parking as close as possible can benefit mesothelioma patients greatly, but there is a process each person must go through in order to obtain a handicapped parking permit.
Who Qualifies For Handicapped Parking?
Any chronic illness that makes it difficult to walk long distances may qualify for handicapped parking. Mesothelioma patients often complain of chest congestion, coughing, and difficulties with breathing, which typically gets worse when walking a lot.
People who have impaired mobility, such as those in wheelchairs, using crutches, or wearing braces may also qualify. After mesothelioma surgery, most people have a difficult time moving around at all, much less walking down long parking lots.
Different Types of Disability Parking Permits
In most states in the nation, there are three common types of handicapped parking permits: temporary, long-term, and permanent.
Temporary permits are for those who expect their disability to last anywhere between a few months to a year. Long-term permits are for people with disabilities that last anywhere between one to three years, and permanent permits, as the name suggests, are for people with permanent disabilities.
Which permit you qualify for will depend upon your own unique situation with mesothelioma. This situation can also change in the future, and you may be administered a different type of handicapped permit.
For example, people in the early stages of mesothelioma undergoing chemotherapy my qualify for a temporary handicapped permit until treatment is complete, whereas those in the later stages of the disease may qualify for a permanent permit.
How To Get Your Own Mesothelioma Handicapped Permit
The first in obtaining your own disability permit is to pick up an application from your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). For added convenience, some states allow you to download and print the application online.
Once you have your application, you’ll need to bring it to your physician so he/she can fill out the medical portion, which will show proof that you have a disability. Once the application is completed and signed, return it to your DMV for processing.
Once you’re approved, you will receive your placard in the mail. Each state has its own rules as to where you need to display it, so be certain to understand your state laws. For instance, some states do not allow you to hang your permit from your car’s rearview window while driving, but will allow you to hang it there once you’re parked. For those who qualify for permanent handicapped parking, you may be given a new license plate that indicates you’re disabled.
Costs Associated with Mesothelioma Handicap Permits
Depending on your state, you may have pay for your permit, but it’s typically no more than $50. However, some states may charge less and other states may not charge anything at all, especially for low income people or senior citizens.
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