Social Security Disability Benefits and CancerBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 19, 2022 | In Blogs
Cancer is a word that we hear more and more each day. Finding out that you or your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer is devastating not only for the patient but for their families too. It is extremely distressing emotionally, physically and financially, to say the least.
Many people are unaware that certain types of cancer fall under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of “disability” due to the medical challenges they pose. The SSA has a few programs through which individuals and eligible dependents can qualify to receive monthly benefits for their disability.
However, getting Social Security disability benefits after a cancer diagnosis is difficult. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can help you and your family through this process.
Here are some important things that you should know:
What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
SSDI is a benefits program that provides financial support to individuals who can no longer work due to a disability. Some types of cancer fall in the “disability” category and patients can claim SSDI benefits for their condition.
What is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
SSI aims to provide financial relief to blind people or disabled individuals who have limited resources to sustain themselves on a monthly basis. You or your loved ones may be eligible for this benefit after a cancer diagnosis. Consult with an attorney to understand the requirements for a successful claim.
How can you apply for SSD benefits?
To claim SSD benefits, you need to fill out the application form and provide complete details as mentioned therein. Omissions or providing incomplete information can delay your approval process or may lead to outright rejection. An accurate account of your condition, supported by doctor’s advice and prescriptions, treatment details and medical professional’s contact details are mandatory requirements to file your claim. You can fill out the forms online as well. Seeking help from a qualified attorney will significantly expedite your application submission process.
What to do in case your claim is denied?
While it is frustrating and disappointing to have your claim denied, it is not unusual. Nevertheless, you can always appeal and re-submit your application. In most cases, you will be required to provide more information about your condition, treatment details or doctor’s notes with your appeal.
An attorney experienced in handling SSD cases can guide you about the requirements in detail and will also assist you in the appeal process in case of a denial. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorneys in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the often complicated claim process with ease and the best possible outcome for you and your family. Call 800-438-7734 for your initial free consultation held in our office or from the comfort of your own home.