Social Security Disability Benefits And Cancer | North Carolina SSDI and SSI Benefits AttorneyCancer is an extremely serious disease – and the number one cause of death in America. Treatment for cancer is often painful, long, and expensive, with doctors often utilizing radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or surgery in order to fight off deadly cancer cells. In many cases, cancer suffers can qualify for either Social Security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. However, many find that their applications for SSDI or SSI benefits are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
The guidelines for having your cancer social security disability benefits approved can be very complicated – and your doctor can often help you better understand your type of cancer and whether it may qualify. One guideline that is true for all people applying for Social Security Benefits is that you must have a condition that will last at least a year or that is expected to end in death.
On the other hand, your cancer diagnosis may allow you to expedite your disability benefits application and get money sooner. As of now, the application, approval, and appeals process is extremely slow in North Carolina, with many disabled workers waiting over a year for support. However, those with certain types of diseases and conditions may have their application processed much more quickly. The SSA has compiled a Compassionate Allowances list, which contains a number of deadly or very serious conditions. Many of these conditions are types of cancer:
Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor)
Head and Neck Cancers
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
Large Intestine Cancer
Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)
Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, or Uterus)
Small Intestine Cancer