Many Pennsylvania residents may have noticed the abundance of pink clothing and pink related products available right now. Everything from soup cans to professional sporting figures are donning the color. This is because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month, people across the country try to bring awareness to breast cancer and those struggling with the disease.
As many people likely know, cancer of any kind can be very difficult for families to deal with. Not only can cancer be fatal, treatment can cause a variety of debilitating side effects. The disease and the treatment can make it impossible for someone suffering with cancer to work. In these cases, people can consider social security disability income benefits to help meet their basic needs.
According to the Social Security Administration, people can qualify for SSDI benefits when they are suffering from cancer. Specifically, to be eligible people must meet the criteria of one of the types of cancers recognized by the SSA and suffer from symptoms that prevent gainful activity. Breast cancer is one of these recognized cancers.
The criteria used in a particular case will generally depend on where the cancer originated. Additionally, the SSA will evaluate a person’s treatment plan including the type of treatment, the frequency of treatment and the duration of each treatment.
According to the SSA, a variety of evidence is necessary to prove that a person has cancer. This will include surgical notes, doctor’s notes and evidence of treatment plans.
Fighting cancer can be difficult enough, without also having to fight for SSDI benefits. In these cases, an attorney may be able to help explain people’s rights and get them the benefits they need.
Source: ssa.gov, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security,” Accessed on Oct. 22, 2014