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Evidence Required by the SSA to Approve Cancer Disability


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3/1/2015
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According to the Social Security and Disability Research Center, cancer and malignant neoplastic diseases are the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Cancers affect nearly 5% of the U.S. population (14 million people), and diagnoses are steadily growing every year. Due to treatment costs and the fact that the majority of sufferers are unable to work, the number of disability and Medicaid claims is extremely high.

Unfortunately, not all claims are approved, leaving many sufferers without a way to support their families.

Providing Evidence to Prove Your Need for Disability Approval

Twenty percent of all cancer disability claims are denied due to improper documentation. The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives thousands of disability claims every month, and it can’t approve all of them. This is why it must weigh each claimant’s claim based on severity, otherwise those afflicted with severe illnesses may be denied benefits because a less-severely afflicted individual filed first. This is why the SSA requires documentation and evidence of illnesses with every claim submitted, in order to decide who deserves what.

Unfortunately, if your claim is missing proper documentation, or the evidence provided is insufficient in illustrating your needs, you could be denied benefits. This is why the SSA recommends that before filing, you and your disability attorney gather the following evidence of your disorder’s work-related limitations. Providing this data will help you avoid timely delays and wrongful claim denials:

  • Medical evidence specifying type, extent, and site of the primary, recurrent, or metastatic lesion; this includes doctors notes, x-rays, ultrasound stills, surgical reports, etc.
  • Operative notes which indicate diagnostics and results of any and all operations such as needle aspirations and biopsies.
  • Pathology reports indicating diagnostics of cell degeneration as well as size, shape and appearance of the cellular mass.
  • Hospitalization summaries of all appointments, procedures, and findings pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of the detected mass; these should include details of the findings duing surgery and, whenever appropriate, the pathological findings.
  • Evidence of recurrence, persistence, or progression of the malignancy, the response to therapy, and any significant issues following removal of mass.

Weighing in on the Disability Process for Cancer Patients

Share your thoughts and concerns with us in the comment section provided. We’d love to hear what you think about the disability process, as well as any previous experience you’ve had with the SSA. Not only will you help us learn more about societal opinion (which will help us strengthen your claim), but your experiences could also help our clients get the extra knowledge, reassurance, and confidence they need to properly file a claim.

Contact us today to review your disability options and make sure you qualify before filling out your application. We know you don’t have time to lose, so let us help make sure your application is in perfect order to prevent costly delays in getting your deserved benefits. Call now!



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