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Filing for Social Security Disability with Lung Cancer

People often ask our firm if they can file for Social Security disability benefits if they are diagnosed with lung cancer. The Social Security Administration offers a list of requirements for one to be considered disabled. It essentially says that your condition has to prevent you from working a full-time job and that it’s expected to last for at least a year or result in death. These guidelines are the same for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

For many Lung Cancer diagnoses, Social Security will fast-track your application and approval for benefits. The SSA’s computer system will flag an application to be expedited if it detects these diagnoses and scenarios:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer that is either inoperable, unresectable (lung cancer that cannot be completely removed from surgery), recurrent, or has spread (“metastasized”) to or past the hilar lymph nodes (located where lymphatic vessels, arteries, and veins enter the lungs). The three types of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer are Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Large Cell Carcinoma, and Adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma has a subdivision of bronchioalveolar carcinoma, which is also known as lepidic adenocarcinoma.
  • Small cell lung cancer.
  • Sarcomatoid Carcinoma of the Lung – Stages II-IV, also known as Lung Carcinosarcoma; Pulmonary Sarcomatoid Carcinoma; Pulmonary Carcinosarcoma; Spindle-cell Carcinoma; Lung Sarcomatoid Carcinoma Stages II – IV
  • Carcinoma of the superior sulcus (located at the top of the lungs) that has undergone multimodal anticancer therapy. Includes Pancoast tumors.

As with our client, Michael, those who are dealing with metastatic cancer, later stages, or who are actively undergoing treatment find that they just don’t have the energy to deal with filing an application for disability benefits. Even if you physically can, you might just rather spend your free time doing something other than paperwork and chasing down medical records. Balin Law is here to help.

Filing for Disability Benefits with Lung Cancer

Michael is a client that came to Balin Law after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He retired from work and developed lung cancer that unfortunately spread to his brain. Because of the progressive spreading of the lung cancer, Michael was not able to file for Social Security disability benefits on his own. Therefore, Michael decided he needed some help filing for benefits and contacted Balin Law.

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Why did you hire Balin Law?

“Paulette Balin assisted me in filing my disability claim to get me disability benefits at age 62. Balin Law went through a lot of trouble for me. They worked extra work for me to get the disability benefits at age 62 so I wouldn’t have a reduction in retirement benefits. I saw her [Paulette Balin] TV ads and it was neat to see a woman in the law. It was neat that she was a specialty lawyer. I went to a charity event a long time ago and actually met Paulette Balin. I was really impressed with her when I met her because she was so knowledgeable in her field.”

What was your experience working with Balin Law?

“My expectations were absolutely met with Balin Law. The staff is so thorough and top-notch in what they do. They treated me professionally. Anything I needed they helped me with. They helped me with all the paperwork. Paulette was creative in using my situation to my benefit to get me disability benefits. I’ve recommended Paulette and Balin Law to many others. I tell people it doesn’t hurt to have an attorney by your side when filing for disability benefits because they cover bases you never thought of and they take care of things efficiently. Most of all, I felt important to Balin Law. I was very impressed.” – Michael S. – Balin Law Client

Do you or someone you know suffer from being diagnosed with lung cancer?

Call Balin Law today 866-492-2546 to learn more information and to see if you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits.