Disability Benefits For Cancer Patients
The instances of all types of cancer are on the rise throughout the U.S. and the world. Here in the U.S., cancer sufferers can sometimes obtain benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) to ensure they can afford basic necessities, even if the cancer is preventing them from working or obtaining other income. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be obtained through a process that is best handled by a qualified attorney.
At the Arkansas office of Bartels Sherman & Wallace, we understand the physical, mental and emotional impact that cancer has on sufferers and their loved ones. Using our decades of legal experience, we strive to see that lives are made easier with the securing of SSD benefits for physical disabilities. Discuss cancer and SSD benefits with our lawyers during a consultation. Call 870-330-4377.
Types Of Qualifying Cancer-Related Situations
Not all cancer patients are eligible for SSD. Below are some examples of situations in which it may be possible to seek the benefits you need:
- Aggressive cancers: Some cancers are more aggressive than others, requiring aggressive and immediate treatment. Patients who have liver cancer, thyroid cancer, mesothelioma, pancreatic and other cancers that are deemed by a doctor to be aggressive may have an easier time securing benefits.
- Recurring cancers: If a tumor is removed or a patient is cleared of cancer, but it returns, the patient would typically qualify for disability benefits based upon the fact that the cancer is considered “recurrent.”
- Metastasizing cancers: When cancer such as lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, brain cancer or another cancer has spread, it has “metastasized” to other areas of the body. This typically results in an automatic qualification for SSD, though the appropriate medical documentation, such as a biopsy report or recent scan, will still be required.
- Side effects limit employment: Treatments for most cancers involve some type of dangerous material introduced into the body, either through radiation or chemotherapy. While they may be successful treatments, they also can cause a range of side effects that sometimes prevent patients from working. SSD may be available in these types of situations.
- Terminal cancer: When a cancer has been deemed terminal and the patient only has a certain amount of time to live as a result of the disease, SSD benefits are available.
Talk To Our SSD Lawyers About Qualifying For Benefits
The SSA takes cancer very seriously and as a result, there are a number of ways to qualify for benefits if you have been diagnosed with cancer. Contact us today online or by phone at 870-330-4377 and let us help you with your disability claim.