A diagnosis of cancer is a life changing event. This disease comes in many forms, with a wide range of treatment methods available. These are often incredibly successful, but the treatment process may be as hard on an individual as the cancer itself. Many individuals are unable to work, and medical expenses can be overwhelming. If you or a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis, disability benefits can help alleviate some of the financial concerns. The application process can be confusing, but a legal team like the Law Office of Sheryl Mazur can help.
Cancer can affect a person at any age, of any race, and under any circumstances. It may be caused by genetic abnormalities or environmental factors. A diagnosis is generally based on several medical tests, including a biopsy of the affected area.
Most cancers have a higher risk as people age. One of the more common cancers, which often affects younger people in their 20s and 30s, is lymphoma. Hodgkin's lymphoma involves the swelling of lymph nodes throughout the body and is highly treatable. Cancer does not discriminate.
The Disability Benefits Application Process
For any health condition, the application process is the same. An individual must provide information on his or her medical condition and employment history. Upon submitting an application, your claim will be processed by the local Social Security Administration office, and then sent to a Disability Examiner for review.
First, administrators must determine that the applicant has a medical condition that interferes with daily life. Then, this condition must be shown to prohibit work on a regular and continuing basis. The examiner will consider current and previous work experience.
For individuals undergoing cancer treatment, medical appointments can take up a significant portion of your time and energy, and prevent you from working. A detailed medical record that is current will go a long way toward supporting a claim.
In some cases, if the cancer is terminal, then a disability claim can be approved quickly. In other cases if treatment is only expected to last a few months with a full recovery, then a claimant may not qualify based on cancer alone. If the cancer treatment has lasted or is expected to last a year or longer and the claimant is unable to work on a regular basis, then they may be approved for benefits. Every case of cancer is different and it is important to discuss your individual circumstances with an attorney.
Why Choose the Law Office of Sheryl Mazur
Individuals applying for disability benefits choose the Law Office of Sheryl Mazur because of her dedication to helping those with disabilities. Sheryl has spent years volunteering with the disabled. She began a career as a Social Security attorney and uses this experience to help individuals applying for benefits as an advocate.
This experience is what makes her uniquely qualified to help. Whether you are planning the initial application or are facing an appeal, a legal professional can help.
It can take months from the first application to the awarding of disability benefits. Financial concerns should not be an additional burden on top of your health issues. Contact the Law Office of Sheryl Mazur to schedule an appointment to discuss your options. You can fill out the form to have someone contact you or call the office at 1-877-892-0197.