Both breast cancer and the treatment one might undergo for this condition can deplete someone’s energy and generally prevent them from performing a variety of physical tasks. Thus, if you have breast cancer, you may struggle to work and cover basic living expenses.
You might qualify for disability benefits through the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) in these circumstances. If you have breast cancer, and plan on filing an application for disability benefits, keep the following tips in mind when doing so as they may improve your chances of receiving an approval.
1. Determine If You Meet A Blue Book Listing
Refer to the SSA’s Blue Book to determine if you meet the criteria necessary to qualify for disability benefits. This resource provides information about the conditions that may qualify individuals for benefits via the SSA. Section 13.10 of the Blue Book specifically provides information relevant to those seeking disability benefits because they have breast cancer.
2. Establish You Qualify Through Medical Records & Evidence
It is not uncommon for the SSA to deny initial applications for disability benefits. Oftentimes, when the SSA denies an application, it’s because an applicant failed to provide sufficient medical documentation and evidence showing they meet a Blue Book listing.
The medical evidence and documentation you might submit if you have breast cancer and are seeking disability benefits accordingly can take many potential forms. They include:
- Biopsy reports
- An oncologist’s records
- Treatment records
- Imaging studies
- Documentation of side effects of treatment
That last point highlights an important detail. In some instances, breast cancer itself is not the only factor influencing a person’s ability to work. The side effects of breast cancer treatment could also prevent someone from performing work-related tasks.
3. Keep Up With Treatment Plans
Adhering to a doctor’s recommended treatment plan when you have breast cancer could play a critical role in your health. It will also demonstrate to the SSA that your condition is serious. If you were to not comply with a treatment plan, those reviewing your application could understandably conclude that your condition is not severe enough to qualify you for disability benefits.
4. Fill Out a RFC
A doctor can assist you with completing a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form. This form explains how your condition interferes with your ability to complete certain physical tasks that you might need to perform in a job.
Because your own doctor is the physician most familiar with the degree to which your breast cancer may impact your ability to work, they should complete the form. However, if they are unwilling or unable to do so, the SSA can connect you with a doctor who will help.
5. Work With An Attorney
Gathering evidence and submitting an application to the SSA for disability benefits when you have breast cancer may be a complex and time-consuming process. Luckily, you don’t have to navigate this process on your own.
Consider enlisting the help of a disability benefits lawyer. While they focus on putting together a thorough application, you can focus on your health. Get started today by taking the Free Case Evaluation on this page to get connected and speak with a disability lawyer—at zero cost to you.