When Pennsylvania residents think of childhood, they often think of it as a carefree time. People like to think of children as being happy and healthy. However, like adults, children face a variety of serious health issues all the time.
While it is normal for children to get sick, some children deal with extraordinary illnesses. One example is childhood cancer. When a child is suffering from cancer, it can be both scary and expensive. Treatments can be aggressive and disrupt everyday life for the child and the child’s family. In these cases, financial help may be required.
In some situations, children who are suffering from serious illnesses may pursue Social Security disability benefits. In order to qualify for SSD benefits for childhood cancers the Social Security Administration evaluates a variety of factors.
First, the SSA will look into the origin of the cancer. They will also consider the duration and frequency of any treatments necessary to treat the child. This includes the types of drugs that were given to the child, the extent of any surgery, the frequency of drug administration and any plans for continuing the treatment in the future.
The SSA will also determine the extent of the involvement and any residual effects of the treatment. Side effects include any neurological complications, weakness, gastrointestinal symptoms and any mental disorders that result from the treatment.
To make this determination, the SSA will look at a variety of types of evidence. This includes operative notes, pathology reports and other medical findings. This information can be vital in successfully applying for Social Security disability benefits.
When a child suffers from cancer it can be devastating. Cancer can be scary and disruptive diagnosis. With the right help, people can ease the financial burden of cancer by applying for Social Security benefits.