The Compassionate Allowances List streamlines the application process for individuals who suffer from debilitating or life-threatening diseases. The Social Security Administration has recently announced that prostate cancer, a common cancer among males, has been added to the Compassionate Allowances List. Prostate cancer patients and their loved ones should know that applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be completed through an easier and faster process.
A cancer diagnosis can leave any family feeling overwhelmed and unprepared for the future. How will you pay for treatment? How will your family be able to cope without an income? Our Boston Social Security Disability benefits attorneys understand the stresses faced by cancer patients and their families. Our priority is to help you get the benefits you need so that you and your family can focus on recovery. Prostate cancer is a condition that the government recognizes as life-altering and potentially
life-threatening, affording victims the right to streamline the application process.
Prostate cancer develops most commonly in the gland cells. In the early stages, it can be difficult to detect because patients do not suffer any symptoms until later stages. Symptoms of prostate cancer include, painful urination, blood in urine or semen, swollen legs, and general discomfort in the abdomen or pelvic area. In the event of a prostate cancer diagnosis, patients may face various or alternative forms of treatment depending on the stage of development. For many patients, the pain is so severe, that it is difficult or impossible to work. Some treatment options will limit your mobility.
If prostate cancer symptoms or treatment has left you unable to work, you should consider applying for Social Security Disability as soon as possible. Even though the Compassionate Allowances list streamlines the process, it can still take time, effort, and preparation to ensure that you secure the financial assistance you need. The Compassionate Allowances list will automatically qualify you for assistance and will result in quicker approval, but you must meet certain requirements.
Under the guidelines, individuals with prostate cancer must have progressed or recurred despite hormonal treatment. You will also qualify if the cancer has metastasized or spread to other internal organs. Patients who want to apply for Social Security Disability benefits must have documentation to prove a diagnosis and treatment procedures. You must show that you have been diagnosed and that your cancer did not respond to treatment. Required documentation for your application may include an operative note, a pathology report, a summary of your hospital stays, and any other medical reports to prove your treatment history, including CT scans or other records.
If you or someone you love suffers from prostate cancer or another disease on the Compassionate Allowances List, remember that your application can be streamlined so that you can quickly recover the compensation you need and deserve. Though the guidelines will make the processes less complicated and quicker, your benefits are not guaranteed. You should still consult with an experienced advocate who can review your case, prepare documentation, and help you pursue Social Security Disability benefits.
Call our Boston SSDI attorneys for a free and confidential appointment at (617) 777-7777.
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