Not all men with testicular cancer will qualify for Social Security disability benefits, so it is important to understand who will qualify and what you can do to protect your rights.
Four Ways to Qualify for Social Security Disability
If you have testicular cancer, you may be able to recover Social Security disability benefits if:
- You meet the requirements of Section 13.25 of the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments (the Blue Book). Section 13.25 allows men with testicular cancer to recover Social Security disability benefits if they have a cancerous tumor that has spread to other parts of the body or that comes back after initial chemotherapy treatment.
- You meet the requirements of another section of the Listing of Impairments. If your cancer has spread or your treatment has resulted in a lasting disability, you may qualify for benefits pursuant to another specific listing.
- You can prove that your condition is equal in severity to a specific section of the Listing of Impairments. While you might not meet the exact qualifications of a listing, if your testicular cancer has the same effect on your body and your ability to work as the qualifications of the other listing, you may qualify.
- You can prove that you can no longer work. Even if you don’t meet the requirements for a specific listing and can’t show that your condition equals the requirements of a specific listing, you may still be able to qualify for benefits if you can prove that your medical condition prevents you from working. Specifically, you will need to show that your physical limitations or symptoms prevent you from doing any kind of substantial gainful activity.
If you believe you qualify for benefits, it is important to complete your Social Security disability application accurately so that you can get the benefits you deserve.
You Must Prove Your Claim
Your claim may seem irrefutable to you; however, you should not expect the Social Security Administration (SSA) to automatically approve your application. Instead, you should expect that the SSA may deny your claim if:
- There is a technical problem with the application. For example, if you make a mistake on the application or fail to complete a section of the application, your claim may be denied.
- You fail to provide enough evidence. Your word is not good enough. You need to provide specific evidence for the SSA to approve your claim.
To the SSA, you may be just another case number, but we believe nothing could be further from the truth.
You Deserve to be Treated Fairly
You deserve to get the benefits you qualify for and not to have your Social Security disability application denied because of a technicality. To learn more about how to protect your rights, please read our free report, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know or contact us today.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.