SSD benefits for cancer in Louisiana

Social Security Disability Benefits
for Cancer
in Louisiana

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    People who have to leave work as they undergo treatment for cancer may not always realize that government financial assistance could be available to them.

    Social Security Disability benefits provide monthly income support and access to Medicare health coverage. These benefits can increase your sense of security when you need to focus on your health.

    Applying for disability benefits may not be top of mind when you’re dealing with cancer. But Social Security Disability lawyers like the team at Empower Disability can handle the work of applying, so you can rest easier knowing experienced people are taking care of it.

    To qualify for benefits, your cancer must be severe enough that:

    1. You can’t continue in your job.
    2. You can’t switch to another job.
    3. Your ability to work will be hindered for at least a year.

    It’s common to be denied disability benefits. People with cancer who can continue working as they receive treatment may not be approved. But our disability attorneys have helped thousands of people win benefits.

    Empower Disability is a Louisiana law firm dedicated to people in Louisiana.
    If your cancer makes working impossible, and you’re in Kenner, Metairie, New Orleans, Chalmette, Gretna, Marrero, Houma, the Northshore, Hammond, and anywhere in Louisiana, call us.

    Let us help ease a difficult time.

    Qualifications for Disability Benefits with Cancer in Louisiana

    Qualifications for Disability Benefits with Cancer in New Orleans, Metairie and Beyond

    To confirm that your case of cancer stops you from working, Social Security will look at medical evidence, which comes in the form of reports, test results, medical imaging and more.

    These are some of the kinds of documents you’ll need to provide with your application:

    • Reports from surgical findings, such as biopsies
    • Pathology reports
    • Descriptions of your symptoms
    • Medications you receive for cancer (such as chemotherapy)
    • Your schedule of radiation therapy
    • Documentation of surgeries to treat the cancer
    • Description of complications from treatment
    • Details of your response to therapy
    • Information about recurrence of the disease after treatment
    • Evidence of progression of the cancer

    Any kind of cancer can qualify for disability benefits. In its official listing of impairments for determining disability benefits, Social Security names several cancers, including bone cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, lung cancer, breast cancer, central nervous system cancers, melanoma, intestinal, pancreatic, prostate and thyroid cancers.

    But even if your form of cancer isn’t specifically mentioned there, you still could be eligible for benefits based on how your medical condition interferes with your daily life and ability to work.
    You’ll need to describe for Social Security the duties and demands of your job and how your cancer symptoms do not allow you to go to work.

    A Social Security Disability lawyer can spare you the work of organizing all of this information.

    If you’d like to know more about what to expect from a disability claim, you can call us at Empower Disability and have an initial conversation about it. That’s a free consultation, no fee.

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    How to speed up your disability claim for cancer

    How to Speed up Your Disability Claim for Cancer

    Even if you think you may be back at work within a year, it can be a good idea to apply for disability benefits anyway, because it can take months, and sometimes longer, to be approved.

    It’s best to get the process started as soon as possible.

    And if you’re facing a life-threatening form of cancer, you may be able to speed up your claim and start receiving benefits sooner.

    Severe cancers can qualify for what Social Security calls a “Compassionate Allowance.” In that case, they will put you through for faster approval.

    These are the requirements for a Compassionate Allowance with cancer:

    • Cancer has spread to different parts of your body
    • Your case is inoperable
    • Despite treatment, the cancer has returned

    A disability lawyer can make sure that your case is properly flagged for a Compassionate Allowance if appropriate, so you can get help paying for daily expenses as soon as possible.

    When you’re facing cancer, you’ll have a medical team, maybe also a team of family members and friends for support.

    Empower Disability can add even more strength to your team—helping you get economic aid so can concentrate on your own life and well-being.

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    Are you just starting to look into disability benefits? Do you need to file an application? Have you already filed and been denied? No matter where you are, Empower Disability can help.

    Get Answers to Your Disability Benefits Questions

    Get Answers to Your Disability Benefits Questions

    The Social Security Disability system can seem cold, complicated and uncaring. You’ll have a lot of questions but not always fast answers. At Empower Disability, taking care of you is our mission. We’ve prepared answers to some of the most frequent disability benefits questions.

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