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Cancer and Social Security Benefits

Published on February 20th, 2019

February 4th is World Cancer Day, and in honor of all of those suffering, we wanted to help explain how the Social Security Administration determines whether or not the effects of cancer qualify for disability. Did you know that roughly 38.4 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime? Cancer comes in many different forms and attacks people of all ages. Our Chicago disability lawyer can help you determine whether or not you have a case.

The Social Security Administration (SSA)

The SSA recognizes cancer as an illness that causes impairments, but each case is evaluated individually, as the treatment must last at least 12 months or result in death. Because everyone reacts to cancer in a different way, each case needs to be evaluated individually.

Four Factors to Consider

The SSA classifies cancer as a malignant neoplastic disease. To help determine disability, the SSA considers the following:

  • Origin of the malignancy
  • Effects of post-therapeutic residuals
  • The extent of the involvement
  • Duration, frequency and response to antineoplastic therapy, which includes surgery, irradiation, chemotherapy, hormones, immunotherapy, or bone marrow or stem cell transplantation

The right documentation is necessary for obtaining social security disability. Throughout our experience, we have learned the most efficient way to gather the documents and present them to the court.

Contact Our Chicago Disability Lawyers Today

We have a lot of experience handling the application process for those suffering from cancer. Please contact our team today to get started on your case.

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