Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Breast cancer and Social Security disability

The onset of an unexpected medical condition can turn an individual's life upside-down. Not only may he or she be faced with extensive medical expenses, but his or her health may decline to the point where he or she is unable to work. Without a wage, these disabled individuals can struggle to pay their bills and keep food on the table. This is wholly unacceptable, which is why the Social Security disability system exists. When successfully claimed, SSD benefits can provide monthly compensation to help disabled individuals find the financial security they need and deserve.

However, the process of successfully recovering SSD benefits isn't always easy. As we have discussed previously on this blog, a SSD claimant must meet certain federal requirements pertaining to diagnoses, treatment and limitations. Depending on the disease in questions, some these requirements may carry more weight. The qualification for cancer affecting the breast, for example, is almost wholly dependent on diagnoses.

Here, an individual who is suffering from breast cancer may qualify for SSD benefits if he or she falls into one of four categories. First, are those who have developed a locally advanced cancer. Second, are those who have carcinoma that has metastasized to one or a number of nodes. Third, involves those who have developed recurrent carcinoma that doesn't respond well to anticancer treatments. Lastly, the final category includes those who had lymphedema caused by anticancer treatment that required an operation to save the usability of an upper extremity.

For those suffering from cancer, including breast cancer, medical evidence will be key to their chances of success on a SSD claim. These claimants need to be familiar with all of the Social Security Administration's rules and requirements, and craft their arguments toward satisfying them. Acquiring the assistance of a skilled legal professional can prove extremely beneficial in these situations, as he or she will know the best way to approach a case to increase its chances of success.

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