Often people disabled by cancer have a difficult time obtaining disability benefits. One reason for this is that in order to be entitled to benefits, a person must be disabled for 12 continuous months. Often a person with cancer has chemotherapy and or radiation, but this treatment ends before 12 months pass and they are able to return to work.
Another reason is that some people are very ill with chemotherapy, while others may not be ill at all. Social Security would wait to see how a person is affected. A person with cancer would need to show that the cancer or treatment for it affects them in such a way that they cannot work for 12 months or more. However, if a person shows that their cancer has metastases, then they are usually accepted as disabled.
These complications in Social Security’s diagnosis of whether a person is eligible make it necessary for you to seek legal advice to ensure that you do obtain your Social Security Disability. Jacoby & Meyers will help review your medical records, file your claim and go through the disability process so that you win your disability claim when you need it most.
A Jacoby & Meyers professional can help you at all levels of the administrative process to:
- Assist you with your initial SSI & SSDI application, with filing your request with the Social Security Administration for reconsideration, requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge or filing an appeal with the Appeals Council
- Analyze your case under federal Social Security Disability regulations. Obtain a copy of your file from the Office of Hearings & Appeals to ensure that it reflects all your past medical treatment and that all records and documents contained therein are admissible as evidence
- Ask that any prior SSI & SSDI applications for benefits be reopened
- Protect your right to a fair hearing
- Make any necessary Social Security appeals
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