One of the most worrisome aspects of cancer is its ability to spread, or metastasize. Metastatic cancer, often called Stage IV cancer, can be exceptionally difficult to control, and the treatments, which can include chemotherapy, biological therapy, hormonal therapy, surgery, radiation, are hard to endure.
If your doctor recently told you that your cancer has metastasized, you are welcomed to call our caring, knowledgeable disability attorneys at Lunn & Forro, PLLC to discuss getting Social Security disability for metastasis in Raleigh.
Note: Some types of metastatic cancers may qualify for a compassionate allowance, which will allow you to obtain your benefits sooner. Contact our firm in Raleigh today to speak with a disability lawyer about your options: 888-966-6566.
Does metastatic cancer qualify for disability benefits?
Not all cancers qualify as a disability under Social Security rules, but most metastatic cancers do because the condition is often long-term or terminal. The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists many types of cancers in Section 13 of its listing of impairments, which provides criteria that the SSA uses to evaluate whether conditions qualify for disability benefits.
Some of the most common sites of cancer metastasis are the bones, liver, and lungs, but cancer inherently has the potential to spread anywhere and metastasize. In order to qualify for disability benefits, your condition must:
- Substantially interfere with your ability to work; and
- Be expected to last a year or more; or
- Be expected to result in death.
Do I qualify for a compassionate allowance?
When people develop a condition that is obviously disabling and/or terminal, the SSA may categorize the case as a Compassionate Allowance (CAL). CALs “are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information,” the SSA explains.
There are various cancers with distant metastases that may quality for CALs, including:
- Adrenal cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Brain cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Bone cancer
- Prostate cancer
Are there other criteria for obtaining disability benefits?
In addition to proving your condition to the SSA, there are several other elements you must establish in order for the SSA to approve your benefits.
- As we mentioned before, a doctor must say she expects your cancer to last at least a year or result in death.
- Your cancer must prevent you from working at your old job; it must also prevent you from adjusting to new work.
- Your monthly income cannot exceed $1,130.
There are other requirements you must meet too, depending on whether you are pursuing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you are pursuing SSDI, you must have sufficient work credits, which you earn every year that you are gainfully employed. And if you are applying for SSI, a benefit intended for low income people who are disabled, you must meet income and resource requirements.
Speak to a Disability Lawyer about Your Claim Today At No Charge
If the SSA denied your disability claim, there are multiple levels of appeals you can pursue, and we can help. Medical evidence is the foundation of a disability claim. Collecting paperwork, documenting your ailments, and satisfying the SSA’s evidentiary requirements can be burdensome, especially while you are experiencing symptoms and dealing with your illness. We gather the necessary records and ensure the SSA receives them in a timely manner.
At Lunn & Forro, PLLC, we provide free consultations to all people living with disabling conditions. Our goal is to help our clients get the benefits they need and deserve so they can focus on reserving the remaining quality of life. Further, you will face no up-front charges when you work with us.
If you or a family member is suffering with a metastatic cancer, call our office in Raleigh at 888-966-6566 for immediate assistance.