Cancer can affect different body systems and often the disease, as well as the treatment, make it impossible for you to continue to work and support your family. After a cancer diagnosis, you will need to determine if you can qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you believe you are eligible, you'll need to submit an application to the Social Security Administration demonstrating that you have a qualifying medical condition.
In some cases, patients with cancer will be eligible for expedited approval of their benefits claim through the Compassionate Allowances program. However, not every cancer patient is eligible for benefits and not every application for benefits will be approved. A Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney can assist you in understanding the rules for getting disability income and in submitting the strongest application possible.
Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits With Cancer
The Social Security Administration has added Section 13 to its Listing of Impairments to specifically set forth the rules for when someone with cancer may be eligible for disability benefits. The SSA lists different types of cancer which could result in you becoming eligible to receive disability income including but not limited to:
- Soft tissue cancers affecting the head and the neck
- Skin cancer
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Cancer of the salivary glands
- Cancer of the thyroid glands
- Breast cancer
- Cancer of the nervous system
- Cancer of the esophagus or stomach
- Cancer of the small or large intestine
- Liver or gallbladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
If you have these or other types of cancers, you will need to determine if you have the specific symptoms or diagnostic test results outlined in the SSA's Listing of Impairments. You'll also need to submit your medical records to prove eligibility for benefits.
A Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer can assist you in determining eligibility, applying for benefits, and appealing if your application is denied. Call today to learn more.