Cancer is a serious threat to your health, and it could represent a serious threat to your ability to work and provide for your family as well. When you are too sick to work or the effects of your medical treatment leave you unable to hold gainful employment, you could be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
If you think you might qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you have no time to lose in seeking much needed financial support. According to the SSA,cancer is a qualifying medical condition, but even Mississippi applicants who have valid claims may find that it is difficult to get rightful benefits.
Qualifying for SSDI benefits
Simply having cancer is not enough to get you disability benefits. Eligibility for SSDI benefits depends on an applicant's work history and the type of medical condition that he or she has. In order to for a person to qualify, he or she must meet some of the following requirements:
- If the applicant was self-employed, he or she paid self-employment taxes.
- The applicant has a medical condition that meets the SSA's definition of disability.
- The applicant worked enough years and had enough taxes taken out of his or her paycheck.
If your first claim comes back denied, that is not the end of the road for you. In fact, you may continue with your fight and continue with your pursuit for benefits through an appeal.
Pursuing the benefits you deserve
Determining if you may actually qualify for benefits and navigating the Social Security Disability benefits claims process is not easy. You do not have to walk through it alone. You may find it beneficial to secure guidance for the entire process, even before you complete the initial claim. You may need assistance from a person who knows the system and knows what to expect.
Financial support while you battle cancer
If you are unable to work because you suffer either a temporary or a permanent disability because of your cancer or the side effects of the treatment, you may have a rightful claim to benefits. You would be wise not to delay, but seek the answers you need regarding eligibility, the claims process or an appeal.
When cancer has robbed you of your ability to work, it could be better for you and your family to take quick action and take the necessary steps to ensure your financial well-being during this difficult time.