Cancer is a devastating disease that can affect many different areas of life. If you are living with cancer, you may be wondering what resources are available to you — especially if you can no longer work. If this is the case, Social Security disability benefits can help replace a portion of your lost income. At Summit Disability Law Group, we know how to help you win a Social Security disability case. We regularly help clients file successful claims for cancer disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates all types of cancer to determine if they qualify for disability benefits. Many people with cancer do end up receiving these benefits. If cancer is affecting your ability to work and earn money, we can help you build a successful case for Social Security disability benefits. This post breaks down the basics of disability benefits for cancer.
Cancer Disability Benefits: What Will the SSA Consider?
Disability cases are detailed, and the SSA will consider many aspects of your situation. An experienced disability lawyer can help you make sure that all of these details are covered in your application. The major aspects of your case, which carry the most weigh in the SSA’s decision, include the following.
- The form of cancer, and which parts of your body it affects.
- The severity of your cancer.
- How long and how often you have been receiving treatment. They will also consider how your body responds to this treatment.
- Any post-treatment residual effects.
These are just the major general areas that the SSA will consider when reviewing your case. It is important to make sure your application clearly expresses your situations and the effects of your disability in detail.
What Evidence Can Help My Case?
The evidence the SSA requests is very specific. Receiving proper medical treatment for your cancer, and making sure that such treatment is documented closely, is essential to your case. The following items of evidence are some of the most important in cases for cancer disability benefits. If you want to know more, you can access instructions and guidelines on the SSA website.
- Medical documents that show the type, extent, and site of your cancer.
- The operative note and pathology report from surgeries and other operative procedures.
- Summary of hospitalizations and medical reports, if operative notes and pathology reports are not available.
- In some cases, the SSA will request evidence of recurrence and progression of cancer.
It can be difficult to keep track of and obtain all of the necessary evidence during a disability case. The attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group will help you gather all of the correct documents so that you can file a strong claim.
How Long Will My Benefits Last?
In some circumstances, the SSA will specify just how long your benefits will last. Usually, they will consider cancer to be disabling until at least 3 years after complete remission. You will be able to continue to receive benefits during this time period, after which they will end. If your cancer returns, you may be able to receive benefits again.
Utah Social Security Disability Lawyers
While this post outlines some of the general guidelines that govern cancer disability cases, each situation is unique and your claim needs to reflect yours specifically. The Utah Social Security disability lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group can help you build your strongest possible case. The claims process can be long and frustrating, but we know how to navigate it. If cancer is preventing you from working and earning money, you deserve these benefits! Contact us today for a free initial consultation!
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