Does Cancer Qualify Me for Social Security Disability in Waco, TX?

Get the Financial Support You Deserve in a Difficult Time

Facing a cancer diagnosis is hard enough. But if you’re too sick to work, your bills don’t stop, cancer or not. You’re forced to worry about money, too.

Social Security Disability benefits can provide stability in all this uncertainty. Winning benefits can be harder than it should be, however.

The type of cancer you have, how it affects your day-to-day life, and the medical evidence you submit are all factors determining if you will qualify for Social Security Disability with cancer.

At the Law Office of Merryl Jones, we help people in Waco and around Central Texas get the benefits they deserve. We can assist with your application, or file an appeal if you’re denied.

When you’re struggling with your health, we treat you with dignity and respect.

If your cancer has made working impossible, call us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

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How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Faster with Severe Cancer

As complicated as the disability process gets, Social Security recognizes how serious cancer can be and provides a special way for you to speed up the process.

If you have a severe type of cancer, you could be eligible for immediate benefits using this option.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) calls it a “compassionate allowance.” It maintains a list of “compassionate allowance conditions.” Having an ailment on the list puts you in line for quick approval of disability funds.

The list includes forms of these cancers among many others:

  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Carcinoma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

If your exact type of cancer isn’t on the list, you may have to apply via the standard process. You’ll need to provide evidence and information proving that:

  • Your cancer makes continuing in your work impossible.
  • You can’t switch to another line of work.
  • Your cancer will force you out of work for at least a year.

You’ll need detailed medical evidence. For many types of cancer, your doctor must determine that it’s inoperable or can’t be treated in order for you to qualify.

Merryl Jones can make sure your case for benefits is as strong as possible. She’s helped thousands of Central Texans win Social Security Disability income.

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What If My Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied?

With cancer and many conditions, most people who apply for disability benefits are denied on their first application.

Don’t lose hope.

Merryl Jones has a proven track record of winning disability claims on appeal. Here’s the process after your application is denied:

  • Reconsideration: You can ask the SSA to look at your claim again and determine if the original denial was flawed.
  • Administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing: If your reconsideration is denied, you can appeal for an in-person hearing.
  • Appeals Council review: You can ask an oversight group at Social Security to examine the judge’s decision.
  • Federal court suit: If Social Security still denies you, you can file suit in federal court to get your benefits.

Don’t fight for your benefits alone. A Government Accountability Office study found that claimants are almost three times more likely to win benefits when they have a representative with them at their hearings.

Let Merryl Jones focus on your claim. You focus on feeling the best you can.

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