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Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with Cancer

Social Security Disability benefits are supposed to be there to provide income for people with serious disabling medical conditions. Cancer is often one of those conditions. However, there are specific requirements that you must fulfill in order to become eligible for disability income because of a cancer diagnosis.

A Los Angeles Disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if you can qualify for Social Security Disability based on your cancer. If you should be eligible to receive benefits, an attorney can help you to apply and prove you are entitled to income. Contact an attorney as soon as you get sick because it takes time to try to get benefits. 

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits Because of a Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer and other malignant neoplastic diseases are included within Social Security's blue book, which is the Social Security's listing of impairments. If you have a condition in the blue book and have specific symptoms associated with that condition, you should be entitled to benefits as long as you can't work. If your condition is not listed, then you'd have to prove it was as severe as those that are in the blue book. 

Section 13.00 is the part of the blue book where cancers are listed. The blue book provides details on the criteria you must meet to become eligible on the basis of having soft tissue cancers of the head and neck, skin cancer, a soft tissue sarcoma, lymphoma, leukemia, and many other types of cancer. 

If you have cancer, you may also be eligible for expedited benefits if the cancer metastasizes, because metastatic cancer is considered a compassionate allowance condition. The application process is faster and easier for compassionate allowance conditions. 

To get help understanding your options for obtaining disability benefits because of your cancer, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer today. 

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Can I Get Disability Benefits with Cancer

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
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Cancer of the salivary glands
  • Cancer of the thyroid glands
  • Breast cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • 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.

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SSA Considers Changes to Cancer Disability

The Social Security Administration is considering making some changes that would affect individuals applying for Social Security Disability Benefits for cancer conditions. Some types of cancer make an individual eligible for SSDI benefits right away, although other forms of cancer will depend on the grade and stage. Typically, you'll be eligible for SSDI benefits in cases where your treatments and condition mean that there are no jobs you are capable of doing. In many cases, cancer that has spread or been determined "inoperable" could be eligible for benefits, but you should consult directly with an SSDI attorney about your medical records and diagnosis to learn more. 

Making a departure from a listing that was last updated in 2009, the changes would influence the Malignant Neoplastic Diseases Listings of Impairments. 

The following changes are what has been proposed thus far: 

  • Altering the terminology of the body system from "Malignant Neoplastic Diseases" to "Cancer". 
  • Changing the way that cancer is evaluated when treated alongside multimodal antineplastic therapy. Deferred adjudication may happen if the treating source intends to receive multimodal therapy but has not yet started the process of getting it. 
  • New procedures for evaluating some cancers. Cancers included are primary breast cancer (and secondary lymphadema), central nervous system cancers, recurrent prostate cancer, malignant melanoma, chronic leukemia, and primary peritoneal cancer
  • New procedures for evaluating cancers in which treatments include stem cell or bone marrow transplants. 
  • Altering the definition of several terms, including "persistent", "antineplastic therapy", "unresectable", and "progressive. 

If you have been affected by cancer and it has eliminated your potential to work any job, you need to consult with an SSDI attorney about applying for benefits. These benefits can be crucial for helping to support you while you are suffering from the impact of cancer. Contact an SSDI attorney today to learn about how you can receive supporting benefits for your cancer. 

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