Breast Cancer & Disability Claims
When you have been diagnosed with breast cancer one of the last things on your mind may be filing a disability claim. In most cases, breast cancer itself does not cause debilitating symptoms that would prevent a patient from working. Instead, the disabling effects, such as fatigue and pain, come from the treatment of the disease rather than the cancer itself.
Factors like these, along with the generally short course of treatment (under 1 year in most cases), cause many Social Security disability claim applicants to be denied. If you find you are having trouble with your disability claim, a New York disability lawyer can help you prepare and file all of the necessary paperwork and evidence. If your claim is denied, your disability attorney can handle your appeal(s).
Documenting Chronic Conditions from Your Breast Cancer
The most important step in filing your Social Security disability claim is providing medical proof of your disability and its impact on your ability to perform substantial gainful activity. You will need to consult with your doctors to provide test and lab results, prognosis reports, and your treatment history. A New York disability lawyer knows the types of medical evidence needed for a disability claim and can help you to collect these items.
Breast cancer patients that have undergone a mastectomy often feel prolonged pain at the removal site. Another long-term complication from a mastectomy for breast cancer removal is lymphedema which can cause swelling in the arms due to a blockage in your lymphatic system.
Patients who receive chemotherapy treatment for their breast cancer may also experience fatigue during their treatment which can prevent them from working. These symptoms may last well after the course of treatment. Depression and other mental afflictions are also common disabilities that can be associated with breast cancer.
Getting Help with Your Disability Claim
Filing a disability claim for conditions resulting from a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a tough battle to fight. When you are struggling financially because your illness has made it impossible for you to work, you should talk to an experienced New York disability lawyer.
Your New York disability lawyer can look at the facts of your case, including your medical records, work history, financial records and assets to determine if you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits. If the New York disability lawyer believes you are qualified for one or both of those programs, they can assist you in gathering the necessary components to build your claim.
The Social Security Administration denies a majority of disability claims, which is why you should seek help from a New York disability lawyer early in the process.
Contacting a New York Disability Lawyer
When you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are undergoing treatment or recovery you should be able to focus on your life and family. By seeking the help of a New York disability lawyer you can take the burden out of filing your disability claim and concentrate on your life.
Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact a New York disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. for help in building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.