Qualifying for SSDI if You Have Lung Cancer

Qualifying for SSDI if You Have Lung Cancer

Given that World Lung Cancer Day is August 1st, we like to come together to raise awareness and support those battling this devastating disease. For individuals diagnosed with lung cancer, life can quickly become emotionally and financially overwhelming. Apart from seeking medical treatment and support, it is essential to understand the available resources that can ease the financial burden during this challenging time.

One such resource is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which provides crucial financial assistance to people who are unable to work due to a severe medical condition, such as lung cancer.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

SSDI is a federal program in the United States that offers financial support to individuals who have a disability and cannot work for an extended period or might never be able to work again. This program is run by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and funded through payroll taxes. To be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must meet specific criteria that the SSA has set.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for SSDI benefits while you have lung cancer, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You need to have earned enough work credits by paying Social Security taxes while employed. The number of work credits required depends on your age at the time your lung cancer began to influence your ability to work.
  2. You must have a severe medical condition that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. Lung cancer is one such condition that can meet this requirement.
  3. You must be unable to engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) due to your medical condition. This means your lung cancer hurts your ability to perform work that earns you a certain amount of income, as determined by the SSA.

Applying for SSDI can be complex and the SSA closely reviews all applications. You must provide extensive medical evidence, work history, and other necessary documentation to support your claim. You should work with a skilled SSDI benefits attorney, as they can guide you through the process, ensure your paperwork is complete, and act quickly if your claim is denied.

Learn How to Qualify for SSDI if You Have Lung Cancer

Navigating the SSDI process while dealing with lung cancer can be overwhelming but you do not have to go through it alone. Consulting with a law firm that handles disability benefits can be highly beneficial. Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law has the knowledge and experience to present your claim in the strongest possible way.

Receiving a lung cancer diagnosis is an incredibly challenging experience but there are many resources available to you at this time – SSDI benefits being just one of them. On World Lung Cancer Day, and all year long, we encourage anyone facing this journey to look to the future and seek legal assistance to claim the benefits they deserve.

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