If you have Throat Cancer you may qualify for disability benefits
Throat Cancer is rare, comprising only 3-5% of all cancers. Risk factors include smoking, alcohol, age, and gender – men over age 50 are most likely to have the disorder.
It is also easily cured with success rates of up to 95% if the disease is caught in the early stages.
Early symptoms include sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and coughing. Because these symptoms are similar to common viral infections, throat cancer often goes ignored.
However, persistent symptoms- including lumps in the neck, trouble breathing, and drastic weight loss- could indicate throat cancer.
Surgery and chemotherapy are usually successful in removing the cancer. Unfortunately, treatment is both expensive and time-consuming. The side effects of treatment can be debilitating in their own right.
Throat cancer can prevent you from being able to work.
Long hospital stays, frequent doctor visits, and the nausea and fatigue associated with treatment could make it difficult to continue working. The Social Security Administration understands this, and cancer is one of the easiest conditions to get disability benefits for. In fact, there is a special program which pre-approves serious cases of Throat Cancer for benefits.
If you have been denied disability for Throat Cancer you may still qualify for benefits. Contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney at 512-454-4000
The Compassionate Allowances program expedites processing of applications for applicants with the most severe diseases.
In order to qualify for Compassionate Allowance with throat cancer, the applicant must have cancer that is inoperable or un-removable, has spread to other parts of the body, or is a small cell carcinoma. Normal Social Security applications take 6-8 weeks to process, compared to Compassionate allowances, which can take as little as 4 weeks.
Social Security has a listing of the conditions which are eligible for benefits.
Throat cancer is specifically listed under 13.02 Soft tissue cancer of the head and neck (except salivary glands—13.08—and thyroid gland – 13.09). A diagnosis of throat cancer that is unresponsive to treatment will likely qualify an applicant for Social Security Disability Insurance.
If throat cancer is preventing you from being able to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.
At Bemis, Roach and Reed we specialize in helping people win Social Security benefits. Generally, we recommend that most people, particularly those with very serious conditions, apply for benefits on their own before hiring us. This way, if your initial application is approved, you will not owe our fee. Unfortunately, Social Security denies nearly three-quarters of disability claims for adults between the ages of 25 and 60. Even those with serious and obvious disabling conditions are sometimes denied.