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If you have been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Lung cancer can be devastating, and affects thousands of Americans every year. Various forms of lung cancer cause many different symptoms, but all forms of this disease can be debilitating. If you are interested in applying for disability benefits due to lung cancer, contact the experienced Texas disability lawyers at Bemis, Roach & Reed today.
When dealing with your diagnosis, you may feel overwhelmed and financially burdened. This is where SSD benefits come in. These benefits are designed to help people suffering from disabling medical or mental conditions that can no longer work as they once did. SSD benefits can help you overcome financial troubles caused by your disabling condition. It can be difficult or sometimes impossible to try and work while coping with lung cancer. There are often serious complications and side effects caused by cancer and the treatment that may completely prevent you from working. If that is the case, you could qualify to receive SSD benefits.
Applying for Disability with Lung Cancer
The Social Security Administration provides SSD benefits for lung cancer sufferers. Anyone applying for SSD benefits due to lung cancer must meet the listed criteria for the disease. That is, you must show you suffer from particular symptoms or complications of lung cancer, or that your cancer is advanced enough to qualify for disability benefits. To qualify, you must be able to prove that you do through medical evidence that you do have lung cancer. Certain forms of lung cancer can qualify you to receive what is known as a “compassionate allowance.” A compassionate allowance is granted to someone whose condition is so severe it clearly qualifies as a disability. Compassionate allowances are processed quicker than other applications, to provide SSD benefits to the applicant as soon as possible.
There are two main forms of lung cancer: non-small cell and small cell. Non-small cell lung cancer is more common than small cell cancer, affecting the majority of lung cancer patients. Non-small cell moves more slowly throughout the body. To meet the compassionate allowance criteria for non-small cell lung cancer, you must show your cancer is inoperable, cannot be removed through surgery, recurrent, or has spread (metastasized) to or beyond the hilar lymph nodes.
Small cell lung cancer is the more aggressive and less common form of lung cancer, spreading faster than non-small cell. Small cell lung cancer can also qualify you to receive a compassionate allowance due to how quickly it advances. Typically, proving your diagnosis of small cell lung cancer will qualify you to receive SSD benefits.
If your lung cancer has not advanced enough to meet the above criteria, you may still qualify to receive SSD benefits by showing how your condition impacts your ability to work.
Call Texas Disability Lawyers Today
If you are interested in applying for SSD benefits contact the Austin, Texas disability lawyers at Bemis, Roach & Reed today. We serve clients in the Austin area and throughout Travis County, Harris County, Williamson County, Central Texas, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and San Antonio. Call today for a free initial consultation at 512-454-4000.