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Social Security Disability for People Battling Cancer

There are multiple programs that the US Federal Government offers to disabled Americans that are unable to support themselves financially because of their disabilities. The two main programs offered are Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Social Security Disability Insurance (commonly called SSDI) is similar to an insurance policy, people pay into it while working through FICA taxes, and if they become disabled they are able to draw a monthly cash benefit. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, differs from SSDI as it is a “needs” based program, where the applicant is not required to have paid into the program in order to draw benefits. 

Both programs have a variety of different technical requirements in order for someone to qualify for benefits. For both programs, you must not be able to work at a level where you can support yourself for at least 12 months, if not indefinitely. A general rule of thumb for SSDI qualification is that you must have worked full-time for at least five of the last 10 years, but the exact determining of these credits can be more complex. The technical requirements for SSI benefits have to do with a person’s household income, number of children, etc. Figuring out these technical requirements is something that our staff has learned inside and out, and if you are wondering if you may qualify we suggest contacting us for a FREE CONSULTATION, as many people may wrongly count themselves out of the programs.

After meeting technical requirements for the programs, a claimant must prove that their condition(s) are severe enough to keep them out of work. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they have enough to worry about in regards to treatment, and should not also have to worry about how they are going to keep a roof over their head and food on their table. This is why our team is so passionate about working to get our clients the benefits they deserve.

What Cancer Types Qualify for SSD Benefits? 

Various forms of cancer may qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits depending on the type of cancer and its impact on your health conditions and ability to work. Cancer is a medical term that encompasses a set of diseases where abnormal cells divide without control, sometimes causing invasion into other tissues. There are over 100 different types of cancers and some of the most common include breast cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, and thyroid cancer, among others. 

Unfortunately, after receiving an unexpected cancer diagnosis, your life may change in the blink of an eye. For some, they must focus on battling for their lives instead of working. If you or a loved one are in this situation, you may wonder if your cancer diagnosis will qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has different criteria it considers when determining whether a cancer diagnosis will qualify an applicant for SSD or SSI benefits. 

Some cancers may qualify an applicant for SSD benefits automatically while others will depend on a variety of different factors such as the origin of the disease, the extent of involvement, the duration, frequency, and response to anticancer therapy, and the effects of any post-therapeutic residuals. 

In general, cancers that are more aggressive and difficult to treat (such as pancreatic cancer and brain cancer) will qualify quickly with minimal medical information needed. Other cancers may require an SSD applicant to submit additional information and documentation prior to approval – all of which a Social Security Disability lawyer at Nyman Turkish can assist you with and prepare for on your behalf.

About Compassionate Allowances

The SSA supports individuals who are fighting cancer and they offer to some cancer patients what is known as Compassionate Allowances. These are cases where individuals diagnosed with cancer have medical conditions that are so severe that the SSA process them more quickly with minimal medical information and documentation. Our team is dedicated to getting our clients approved for benefits as quickly as possible, and will use all routes possible to win them the benefits they deserve. Contact us today to get your claim started!

How an Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help You After a Cancer Diagnosis

After a cancer diagnosis, the last thing you need is to add on the stress of completing a disability application, which is a complex process. The SSD attorneys at Nyman Turkish can help take the stress off of you or a loved one by completing your SSD application or appeals on your behalf, so that you can focus on what is most important, getting the treatment you need to beat cancer once and for all. 

Choosing Nyman Turkish is an easy decision because our Firm is different from other Disability Law Firms. Our highly experienced team can help you in EVERY STAGE of the SSD application process from completing the application itself and collecting documentation, to staying on top of deadlines and requests from the SSA for more information, and through the appeals process, if necessary. No matter where you are in the claims process, we can assist and help you get the benefits you deserve. 

The SSD attorneys at Nyman Turkish are not afraid of a challenge and are willing to fight for you every step of the way. DON’T WAIT! Call Nyman Turkish today for a 100% FREE CONSULTATION. We can help you! 

Contact a Social Security Disability Attorney Today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION

Were you or a loved one recently diagnosed with cancer? If so, contact Nyman Turkish today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION to determine whether your cancer diagnosis may qualify you for SSD benefits. Nyman Turkish attorneys have assisted thousands of clients with SSD cases. Let our experienced team at Nyman Turkish fight for the benefits you deserve. Our Firm offers a NO FEE GUARANTEE, so you have nothing to lose by calling for a FREE CONSULTATION. We represent clients nationwide from our offices in California, Florida, and Michigan.