Q I was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, and I’m very scared. Not only is the diagnosis scary, and I’m not sure how I will be able to continue to work. Can I get Social Security disability in New Hampshire for lung cancer?
Hearing a diagnosis from your doctor that you have lung cancer can indeed be a very frightening experience. Suddenly you are overwhelmed, wondering what will happen during your treatment and how you will be able to continue living as normal a life as possible in the coming months. One of the biggest concerns is with how you will keep your job or earn the income you were once used to.
Lung Cancer May Not Automatically Qualify You For New Hampshire Social Security Disability
It may surprise you to learn that being diagnosed with lung cancer does not mean automatic approval to receive Social Security disability in New Hampshire. Some severe cancers—such as small cell cancer of the lungs—may qualify you for automatic approval. For all other types of lung cancer, you may need to file for Social Security disability in a different manner.
When filing your application, there are some specific items you will want to be sure to include in order to increase your chances of being approved. This includes:
- Location of your lesion
- The development and stage your cancer is in
- How you respond to treatment
- Severity of any residual symptoms following your treatment
To demonstrate this information, you should be prepared to include documentation from your doctors about your symptoms, lab work, imaging test results, and a detailed diagnosis. It is a good idea to inform your doctor when requesting this information that it will be used to apply for Social Security disability in New Hampshire. This way, he will know the importance of making his statements as detailed and complete as possible.
You don’t have to file your application alone! At Keefe Disability Law, our New Hampshire Social Security disability lawyers understand how frightening a time this can be. Fill out the brief contact form on this page to get in touch about how we can help you with your application.