A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and you are unable to work, you might be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits that are administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Colon cancer with rectal cancer ranks as the third most diagnosed form of cancer. Colorectal cancer is referred to as cancer of the large intestine by the SSA. Sometimes this cancer can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation but at other times it is inoperable. A Social Security attorney or advocate can help you with your claim for disability benefits.
How Does Colorectal Cancer Qualify For Benefits?
Your claim will be automatically approved for disability benefits if one of the following apply to your claim and documentation shows it:
- Your cancer could not entirely be removed by surgery
- Your cancer is inoperable
- Your cancer is recurrent after remission
- Your cancer is squamous cell carcinoma of the anus recurring after surgery
- Your cancer has spread past the lymph nodes closest to the original location of the tumor
Your medical records, including surgical reports, treatment records, physician notes, lab results, scans and X-rays will have to support one of these criteria for medical approval. However, you can meet the requirements for approval using a residual functional capacity (RFC) form that shows your limitations, restrictions, and abilities so a clear picture of what you can and cannot do is given to the SSA.
How Can An Attorney Help Me While Applying?
The disability process is very complicated and time-consuming. An attorney will make sure all your documentation and medical records are in order and are easily accessible. The SSA needs to see physician notes, surgical notes, scans and x-ray reports, lab results, prescription records, treatment records and any other documents that show them how disabling your condition is and how it keeps you from working. Your attorney will gather up all the evidence and make sure it is made available to Disability Determination Services.
How Can An Attorney Help Me If My Claim Is Denied?
Unfortunately, disabled workers sometimes have claims for benefits denied. In this case, you will have to file an appeal and request a hearing before an administrative law judge. An attorney is a true asset to such situations.
During the hearing, you will be questioned by a vocational expert to determine what kind of work, if any, you can do. Some questions might include, “Do you require more frequent rest breaks or do you tire more easily?” “How long can you stand because of your condition and your treatment?” “Are you able to lift or carry items of the same weight as before your cancer diagnosis?”
Connect With an Attorney Today
Because of the complexity of disability claims, you should consult with a Social Security Disability attorney or advocate right away to make sure your claim gets on track. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to get put into contact with a local attorney or advocate who can help you with your case.