You Can Reach a More Secure Future
Your fight against cancer can easily leave you unable to work. Just because you’re sick, you shouldn’t be left in the cold without the means to support yourself.
Thanks to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you don’t have to be.
Disability benefits give you monthly checks to help cover your basic expenses. They also qualify you for Medicare or Medicaid health coverage at a time when access to medical treatment is of the greatest importance.
This kind of assistance can give you the hope and stability you need to keep moving forward.
The complicated process of getting benefits, though, isn’t as supportive as it should be.
The Robertson Wendt Disability — Finkel Law Firm LLC is dedicated to helping people like you when health problems strain your life. When you’re undergoing cancer treatment, we consider it our sacred duty to help make your financial situation a little easier.
We know the special considerations in the legal process to get SSD for cancer. Read below to find out more.
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Special Considerations for Social Security Disability and Cancer
To be awarded SSD benefits, you have to prove you cannot work at all, in any job, because of your health.
And you have to provide evidence that your condition has lasted or will last at least a year, or it could be life-threatening.
Two factors could make the disability application process easier for you:
No. 1: Severity of Your Illness
It can take months, or a year or more, to win disability benefits under normal circumstances. After you’re denied, you have to appeal. The process gets more complicated, and you end up waiting.
But if your case of cancer is so severe that it’s plainly obvious you can’t work, you could get much faster approval through a Social Security program called “compassionate allowances.”
Cancers are among the top examples of medical impairments that can qualify you for a compassionate allowance.
No. 2: Your Age
Social Security evaluates your ability to work partly based on the types of work you’ve done in the past, how physically strenuous your jobs have been and whether your training would allow you to take a lower-impact job.
When you reach age 50 and higher, Social Security begins to assume you’ll be less likely to adapt to a different jobs, if there’s no way you can continue in your old job.
That means over 50, your chances of getting approved for benefits increase.
You want to work with a disability attorney who knows about these variations in the rules that could help you if you need disability benefits for cancer.
You can get started with Wendt Disability by getting an initial evaluation of your claim at no cost to you.