A cancer diagnosis can be life-altering. While there are many more effective treatment options for cancer in our modern world, you still might find yourself unable to work. Cancer can lead to additional disabilities and even the treatments can result in side effects that might keep you from working. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and you are no longer able to work, you might want to apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Cancer That Qualifies for Disability Benefit Approval
Being approved for disability benefits for some kinds of aggressive cancer is straightforward. For example, liver, thyroid, pancreatic, and esophageal cancers as well as mesothelioma are approved for benefits so long as you show definitive medical evidence of a diagnosis.
Other cancers might require evidence to show that your condition meets the requirement of the SSA listing for that kind of cancer or that your symptoms and the treatment for your cancer are so limiting to you, you are no longer able to work. Cancers that are inoperable or cannot be resected with surgery, that are recurring following treatment, or that have metastasized or spread to other areas are eligible for disability benefits.
Hard Medical Evidence
If you have any of these kinds of cancer, or any cancer at all as a matter of fact, you will need to prove that with hard medical evidence. This means physician notes that detail your diagnosis, your symptoms, your treatments, any side effects, and your restrictions and limitations. Disability Determination Services (DDS) must to be able to determine that you do have one of the cancers from the compassionate allowances list for fast approval or that your form of cancer is indeed disabling. With the proper documentation, your claim is much more likely to be processed faster. A disability attorney can make sure your documentation is all together and in order, so it can be review by DDS. Without the right documentation, your claim cannot be approved.
Consult With a Disability Attorney
If you have a cancer diagnosis and your condition has made it impossible for you to work, you should consult with a disability attorney. The disability claims process can be challenging, so don’t try to go it alone. Make sure your claim is fairly assessed. With the help of an attorney, your claim is much more likely to be approved.
Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page, so your details can be shared with a disability lawyer who can make sure your claim is on the right track. If for some reason your claim is denied, a lawyer will file an appeal and help your claim be reconsidered with the additional evidence needed to support your situation. If you are serious about your disability claim, enlist the help of a disability attorney today!