A cancer diagnoses is a harrowing experience nobody can prepare for. In addition to a person’s future being called into question, it also creates many questions about the present. Will you still be able to work? How will you pay your bills? How severe will medical bills be? Will you be able to get around your own home? Fortunately, the Social Security Administration provides resources to help with these costs.
Social Security Disability provides money for individuals suffering a wide variety of conditions, including many forms of cancer. Applying for benefits can be a time consuming and complicated process. The aid of an experienced attorney can help expedite the process.
A special consideration called a “compassionate allowance” speeds up the process further. Compassionate allowances are pre-screening tools which effectively allow individuals with qualifying conditions to jump the line and receive their benefits much sooner.
In an earlier blog we reported that the Social Security Administration recently added 5 new conditions to the compassionate allowance list. Now we will be looking at a few of the most common forms of cancer which are also on the compassionate allowance list.
Common forms of cancers which comply with compassionate allowance
Being given a cancer diagnoses is devastating, but that does not mean there isn’t hope. With the aid of Social Security Disability you will be able to focus on recovery, not how you will pay your bills. The list below outlines cancers which qualify for compassionate allowance:
- Breast cancer with distant metastases or is inoperable or unresectable, facts on breast cancer
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Kidney cancer that is inoperable or unresectable
- Ependymoblastoma and Glioblastoma
- Liver cancer
- Small cell and Non-small cell lung cancer
- Osteosarcoma (formerly bone cancer) with distant metastases or that is inoperable or unresectable
- Ovarian cancer with distant metastases or that is inoperable or unresectable
- Pancreatic cancer
- Salivary cancers
- Thyroid cancer
This is by no means a comprehensive list. The Social Security Administrations offers a full manifest of conditions which qualify on their website.
Getting the support you need to get through a difficult time can be instrumental to recovery. Do not hesitate to speak with a legal professional regarding disability benefits. They can help smooth out a tumultuous time.