Philadelphia Social Security Disability Lawyers: Cancer and SSDI
People with cancer may automatically qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Applicants must show their type of cancer and the stage of their cancer is on the Social Security list of impairments. Applicants whose condition is not on the list of impairments can still qualify for SSDI benefits if they can show their condition prevents them from working for at least a year.
Cancers on the List of Impairments
Social Security has a list of impairments that show an SSDI applicant has a disability if there is medical evidence to support the diagnosis of the disease. For cancer, SSDI considers the following factors:
- Origin of the cancer.
- Extent of involvement.
- Duration, frequency, and response to anticancer therapy.
- Effects of any post-therapeutic residuals
Medical evidence normally includes the type and extent of the cancer and the site of the cancer. Results of biopsies and aspirations will be reviewed, as well as any surgeries and treatments.
If a specific disease is not the on the list, Social Security may still approve the applicant for an impairment if the combination of cancer conditions is similar enough to one of the defined cancers on the list.
Claimants can also be approved for SSDI if they pass the medical-vocational test. The aim of the medical-vocational test is to review the physical and mental functional limitations the applicant has which could prevent the applicant from working.
Cancer applicants often suffer from the treatments as well as the effects of the cancer. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can have devastating effects on claimants. Radiation often causes pain. Chemotherapy causes nausea, tiredness and other physical problems. Moreover, any type of cacner treatment can cause cognitive problems.
Philadelphia Social Security Disability Lawyers at the Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Advocate for Cancer Applicants
Our Social Security disability lawyers in Philadelphia understand how devastating a diagnosis of cancer can be. We know that an applicant wants to focus on their disease and not on litigating their right to SSDI benefits. Our Social Security Disability lawyers will work with an applicant’s medical team to confirm the right medical diagnosis and properly present all the work limitations the applicant has. Call us today at 1-800-CANT-WORK (1-800-226-8967) for a free discussion, or submit our online contact form. We fight for Social Security disability benefits for disabled workers nationwide.