If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer and your condition makes it impossible for you to work, you might be able to receive monthly disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Depending on your individual symptoms and your response to the cancer treatment, you might be able to meet the medical criteria for disability approval based on the medical guide used by the SSA, which is called the Blue Book. There are different ways that you can meet the criteria of a listing, talk with a Social Security attorney or advocate so you can determine the best route for your claim to take.
How Does Bladder Cancer Qualify For Benefits?
In order to qualify for disability benefits, you will have to supply medical documentation and evidence that shows your condition meets the requirements to be approved for disability. For bladder cancer, your documentation must show one of these factors:
- After a total cystectomy, the cancer has reoccurred
- The cancer has infiltrated past the wall of the bladder
- The cancer is inoperable or if operable it cannot all be removed OR
- The cancer has spread past the regional lymph nodes.
You can still qualify if you don’t meet the listing for bladder cancer. You can meet eligibility requirements using a residual functioning capacity form, which clearly specifies the most you could do during a regular 40-hour workweek. Your physical, mental and emotional limitations are considered along with your work history, educational background, skills, and age to determine if you can seek gainful employment.
How Can An Attorney Help Me While Applying?
Disability claims are very complex, detailed, and time-consuming. An attorney will make sure you get all your documentation and paperwork together so it can be properly reviewed by Disability Determination Services. Without access to medical records that include physician notes, scans and x-rays, lab results, and surgical notes, they cannot accurately determine the severity of your condition and your limitations. A lawyer or advocate can make sure everything is in order for a thorough and fair review.
How Can An Attorney Help Me If My Claim Is Denied?
Many disability claims are denied despite the workers being disabled. In these situations, an appeal must be filed. Your advocate or attorney will file the appeal and make sure your case is on the right track.
Eventually, you will go for a hearing before an administrative law judge. At that time, you will be questioned by a vocational expert who will determine if you are able to work. Some questions you might be asked include, “How long can you stand before being affected by weakness or unbearable pain?” “Have your treatments and diagnosis caused depression or anxiety?” “Do you suffer bouts of nausea or pain throughout the day?” Your attorney will help get you ready for questioning.
Speak With An Attorney Today!
Disability claims are complicated, so you need to consult with a Social Security advocate or attorney right away. To get started, complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page so you can be put into contact with a Social Security attorney or advocate who can assist you with your claim.