The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 24,500 people in the United States will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2015 and more than 10,000 will die from the disease. About 60% of people in the United States with this condition are over the age of 65. For these people, Social Security disability may not be an option because they qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. However, for younger people with stomach cancer, Social Security disability may be an important benefit.
Three Ways You May Qualify for Social Security Disability
People with stomach cancer may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if:
- They meet the requirements in the Listing of Impairments. An applicant may automatically qualify for Social Security disability benefits if his cancer cannot be fully removed from his body, if it has grown into different areas of the body or the lymph nodes, or if it returns after treatment has stopped.
- Their symptoms are equal in severity to another condition in the Listing of Impairments. Many patients with stomach cancer lose weight rapidly and suffer from significant fatigue. If these symptoms, or others, are equal in severity to a digestive disorder included in the Listing of Impairments or any other listing in the Listing of Impairments, the applicant may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
- They can no longer work. If an applicant is unable to work, as that term is defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA), he may qualify for benefits.
You only have to establish eligibility in one of the three ways described above in order to get the benefits you deserve.
Your Application for Social Security Disability Benefits May be Expedited
Stomach cancer is included on the SSA’s Compassionate Allowance Initiative, and thus, should be handled quickly. If you have stomach cancer, do not waste any time before making a claim and fighting for your fair recovery of benefits. Instead, contact an experienced Texas Social Security disability lawyer via this website today to schedule a meeting.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.