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Cancer diagnosis? You may be eligible for disability benefits.

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can change your life in an instant. Your health and your future are on the line, and the last thing you want to worry about at this time is money. In the midst of cancer treatments, surgeries and other illness-related complications, you may not be able to work and support your family.

In some cases, New Jersey cancer patients who are unable to work due to their diagnosis may be eligible for a certain type of Social Security disability benefits. If you are wondering if you are eligible, you would be wise to work with an attorney who can fight for your rightful benefits while you fight back against your disease.

Eligibility for SSDI

If you find that you are unable to perform your job due to your cancer diagnosis, you may be able to secure Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a work history that includes paying in the Social Security system
  • Have a qualifying medical condition expected to prevent you from work for a period of at least a year

You do not have to wait a year to complete your application for benefits. You can work with a disability lawyer to begin applying as soon as you receive a diagnosis.

Other options available to you

Not everyone is entitled to SSDI benefits. If you apply and do not qualify for these benefits, you could be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. In order to receive these benefits, a person must have a qualifying medical condition and proof of financial need.

Many first-time applicants are upset to find that their initial claim came back denied. This is quite common, and while discouraging, a denial does not indicate the end of your options. With the right legal support, you may be able to request a reconsideration of your claim or file an appeal.

Fighting for the support you need

A serious disease may have compromised your ability to provide for yourself and your family, but you have options. Securing rightful benefits can be a long, complicated process, and it can be beneficial to work with a lawyer who will provide both compassion and knowledgeable counsel throughout the entire claims process. From gathering necessary medical records to reapplying after a denied claim, you do not have to take one step of this process alone.

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