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.