How To Apply for Disability Benefits On Behalf of a Loved One With Cancer

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If you have a loved one who has cancer that is severe enough that he or she will be out of work for at least 12 months, they may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). You are able to file a claim for Social Security disability benefits on their behalf just so long as you have their permission. You will need to help gather supporting medical evidence and documentation.

Applying For a Compassionate Allowance

If your loved one has a cancer that is included on the Compassionate Allowances list (CAL), or if their diagnosis has progressed to stage IV cancer, your loved one may be able to qualify for disability benefits using the compassionate allowances program. The CAL allows claims for people and advanced forms of cancer that progress faster, so they will be able to automatically qualify and receive disability benefits more quickly.

To qualify using a compassionate allowance, you will need to provide hard medical evidence that confirms the diagnosis and the prognosis. Your medical records should include pathology reports, surgical notes, lab reports, and imaging reports. You will need to show that the cancer is on the list or that the cancer has advanced to a stage to qualify for the CAL program. A supporting note from your loved one’s physician can be helpful with the disability claim as well.

What You Need to Include In the Application

When you are completing your loved one’s disability application because of cancer, you will need hard medical evidence and other supporting documentation. You must make sure your loved one’s medical records are all current. The SSA Blue Book listing for your loved one’s specific cancer will let you know what medical evidence and records the SSA will need when they are reviewing your claim.

Doctor’s notes do go a long way with the SSA, so it is imperative that they be included in your loved one’s disability application for cancer. You will need all medical records, including lab reports, pathology reports, imaging reports, exam notes, and any doctor’s notes that support your claim. You will also need details about past employment. You will need the claimant’s Social Security number, identification such as a driver’s license and birth certificate, and other supporting documentation that confirms identity and medical conditions.

The Application Process

You can apply for disability benefits on behalf of your loved one by completing the claim form online on the SSA website or by scheduling an in-person appointment at your local SSA field office. Your loved one does not need to be present when you are completing the application process.

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