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Leukemia is a complicated disease. There are different forms of leukemia, and the treatment must be individualized. While it is impossible to offer a treatment or prognosis that applies to everyone suffering from leukemia, there are some things that people with this form of cancer have in common.

What Happens Next

Everyone, no matter what type of leukemia they have, starts a new chapter in their lives after their diagnosis. Initially, they will spend their time on the following:

  • Coming to terms with their diagnosis
  • Breaking the news to their family and friends
  • Finding a qualified specialist to treat their condition
  • Deciding upon and starting a course of treatment
  • Taking care of their everyday needs
  • Finding the time to go to doctors’ appointments and take treatment
  • Finding the money to pay for medical care

It can be difficult to do these things at a time when you are scared, not feeling well, and out of work.

Why Social Security Disability Is Important to You Now

Social Security disability may not be able to help you accept your diagnosis or even decide on treatment options. However, the money that you’ve paid into the Social Security system may be useful to you now that you have been diagnosed with leukemia.

Specifically, if you qualify for Social Security disability after a leukemia diagnosis, the benefits you are able to recover may help you pay your bills. It may help you stay in your home and put food on your table. The exact amount that you receive from the Social Security Administration each month will depend on your average lifetime earnings.

Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability?

If you are totally disabled by leukemia and unable to do your job, and if your disability is expected to last at least one year or result in death, you may qualify for Social Security disability payments.

Social Security disability benefits are calculated based on your average lifetime earnings. However, the Social Security Administration may deny valid applications or appeals for technical reasons. Therefore, it is important to work with an experienced disability lawyer to make sure that your application or appeal is filed correctly and that you get the benefits you deserve without any unnecessary delays.

To learn more, please read out FREE report, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know, and contact us via this website to schedule an initial consultation.

Morgan & Weisbrod LLP

by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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