Pekas Smith Disability Attorneys are SSDI lawyers for cancer. If you have a cancer diagnosis, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability payments. An experienced SSDI lawyer can assist you in applying for benefits.
Lawyers Helping People with Cancer to Get SSDI
We are lawyers who represent people in disability claims. Our team assists people with:
- Evaluating eligibility
- Benefits calculations
- Preparing and submitting your application
- Court actions
If you have cancer, we invite you to contact our SSDI lawyers to discuss your situation.
Social Security Disability for Cancer
Cancer may qualify you to receive Social Security Disability payments. If you or a family member have an eligible work history, these are benefits that you have earned.
SSDI recognizes that cancer significantly – and often immediately – impacts a person’s ability to work. It is our goal for our law firm to make the application process manageable and as efficient as possible. Our professionals have helped more than 10,000 people. We understand the medical information needed for cancer cases. Our team can represent you through the entire application process.
Compassionate Allowances and automatic qualification
Many types of cancer qualify for the Compassionate Allowances initiative. The Social Security program flags certain types of cancers that automatically meet eligibility standards. The goal is to process these applications quickly so that applicants can get their benefits.
Qualifying for SSDI Based on Cancer
When evaluating cancer as a disability, SSDI considers the following medical information:
- Extent of involvement
- Duration, frequency and response to treatment and therapies
- Effects of post-therapeutic residuals
Types of Cancer that May Qualify for SSDI Benefits
The Blue Book Listing of Impairments, Adult Listings (Part A), Section 13 discusses how cancers are evaluated in SSDI applications. There are 29 subsections discussing various types of cancer and what qualifies a person to receive benefits.
13.01 – Category of Impairments, Cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases)
13.02 – Soft tissue cancers of the head and neck
13.03 – Skin
13.04 – Soft tissue sarcoma
13.05 – Lymphoma
13.06 – Leukemia
13.07 – Multiple myeloma
13.08 – Salivary glands
13.09 – Thyroid gland
13.10 – Breast
13.11 – Skeletal system–sarcoma
13.12 – Maxilla, orbit or temporal fossa
13.13 – Nervous system
13.14 – Lungs
13.15 – Pleura or mediastinum
13.16 – Esophagus or stomach
13.17 – Small intestine
13.18 – Large intestine
13.19 – Liver or gallbladder
13.20 – Pancreas
13.21 – Kidneys, adrenal glands, or ureters–carcinoma
13.22 – Urinary bladder–carcinoma
13.23 – Cancers of the female genital tract–carcinoma or sarcoma
13.24 – Prostate gland– carcinoma
13.25 – Testicles
13.26 – Penis
13.27 – Primary site unknown
13.28 – Cancer treated by bone marrow or stem cell transplantation
13.29 – Malignant melanoma
Some cancers associated with HIV are evaluated separately in section 14, which discusses immune disorders.
Complications and multiple problems
Cancer sufferers often have complications from treatment. They may have problems with internal organs, the nervous system and osteoporosis. Chemotherapy may cause cognitive difficulties.
For people who don’t automatically qualify based on the nature of their cancer, they may apply based on any medical condition or combination of conditions that they have. They may show how their medical condition is functionally equivalent to a condition in the Listing of Impairments.
Applying for Disability Benefits Based on Cancer
When applying for disability benefits based on cancer, our lawyers want you to know:
- Examiners require detailed evidence. The exact medical information you must present depends on the specific situation. It may include the type, extent and site of the cancer.
- Effects of treatment may vary significantly between people. In addition, the effects on a person may change over time. For these reasons, it may be necessary to describe therapy including medications, operations and complications.
- When treatment is successful, post-therapeutic residual impairment is considered for the body system impacted.
- For some listings, there is a presumption that the impairment is disabling until a particular point of time. In addition, some cancers are considered disabling for three years after the onset of complete remission.
Consultations Available – Talk to a Lawyer
Talk to Pekas Smith Disability Attorneys about SSDI for cancer. We invite you to contact us for a consultation about your case. Learn about the process, get answers to your questions and see how we may assist you.
Social Security Disability Cancer – FAQs
Am I considered disabled if I have cancer?
People with cancer are often considered disabled. Certain types of cancer mean that a person is automatically disabled and eligible for SSDI payments.
How much social security disability do you get for cancer?
How much social security disability you get for cancer depends on your earnings history and whether any dependent family members also qualify to receive benefits. You may receive up to the maximum amount of $3,627 per month, as of 2023.
What types of cancer qualify for disability?
The Blue Book Listing of Impairments, Adult Listings (Part A), Section 13 lists the types of cancer that may qualify for disability. Most cancers that are Stage IV or terminal automatically qualify, and there are some cancers that qualify based on their type. Even without automatic qualification, an applicant may explain the extent of their impairment and how it prevents them from working.