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Obtaining Social Security Disability While Battling Cancer

by | Jul 25, 2018 | Social Security Disability

Can You Get Social Security Disability If You Have Cancer?

Chances are you or someone you know and love is battling cancer. Receiving the diagnosis can be fear-inducing and almost send you into a panic. Cancer has become one of the most common diseases that is battled in the United States. Now you have treatment to work through and still have to be able to pay your bills and meet your basic needs. There are some benefits through Social Security Disability that can help you during your battle with cancer.

Does Cancer Qualify for Long Term Disability?

If you are unable to work because of the treatment that you are receiving for cancer, then you need to file for Social Security Disability. While this process can be incredibly overwhelming, an experienced attorney can walk you step by step through this progression. These types of claims are basically treated the same as other disability cases, and always benefit from having someone walk with you that understands what is required.

The type of cancer that has been diagnosed and the prognosis of the cancer can adjust the speed at which you receive coverage through Social Security Disability and even Supplemental Security disability claims.

In order to receive coverage, there are some specifics that must be met.

  1. Meeting specific pre-determined disability requirements.
  2. Receive “medical-vocational” allowance. This is given when someone cannot return to work because of the severity of the cancer or cannot work any other type of job.
  3. The cancer has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least a year
  4. The prognosis is life-threatening

What Benefits Are Cancer Patients Entitled To?

If you qualify for social security disability benefits this could potentially cover the costs of things like:

  • Living expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Cost of prescriptions
  • Other healthcare expenses
  • Lost wages

Call Gilbert Law Group PLLC Today!

There is a great deal of stress and emotion that comes along with being diagnosed with cancer, receiving treatment and trying to find a new normal. We understand that the process of filing for Social Security Disability adds another level of frustration to your life. Let the experienced attorneys at Denney, Morgan Rather and Gilbert help provide stability. Contact our law firm today at 859-908-1274 or connect with Denney, Morgan, Rather and Gilbert online.