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Alzheimers Disease: Social Security Disability

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain dysfunction and the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s affects brain cells and causes cognitive difficulties including loss of memory. Alzheimer’s can significantly affect one’s ability to work. The disease causes victims to become


Social Security Disability Back Pain

Back Pain: Social Security Disability

Back pain is one of the most common conditions debilitating Americans today. It is also one of the most challenging conditions to prove as a disability under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) standards. Generally, the SSA is looking for “inability


Federal Programs Help Support the Jobless

Blind, Vision Impairment: Social Security Disability

If you are blind and unable to work you are subject to a unique set of rules established by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you are considered ‘legally blind’ you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.


Cancer

Cancer, Malignant Neoplastic Disease: Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration separates disabilities due to Malignant Neoplastic Diseases into these twenty-seven categories: If you have been or will be unable to work for at least twelve consecutive months due to cancer, you may be eligible for Social


lung cancer

Cancer: Lung Cancer: Social Security Disability

Disability Benefits Can Help Those Battling Lung Cancer Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States. It is a fast-growing cancer that is hard to diagnose and often detected too late. Most people diagnosed in the advanced


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Alzheimers Disease: Social Security Disability

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain dysfunction and the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s affects brain cells and causes cognitive difficulties including loss of memory. Alzheimer’s can significantly affect one’s ability to work. The disease causes victims to become severely forgetful, often becoming confused and lost in familiar places. If you are younger than 65 years old and have past work experience you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. If you or a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease call Freedom Disability today for a free evaluation with one of our Disability Advocates at (800) 298-6885 . Our Advocates can help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application. If you do qualify, we can provide you with the assistance that you need to begin receiving cash benefits as soon as possible. If you have previously been denied benefits, but feel your condition makes you eligible, be sure to contact Freedom as soon as possible to begin the process of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Alzheimer’s Qualifying Symptoms

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for Alzheimer’s are typically approved with symptoms common to dementia and many other mental health disabilities. These symptoms include:

  1. Episodes of decompensation in which there is an increase in signs and symptoms, accompanying a loss of functioning. This causes difficulties in performing everyday activities, inability to maintain social relationships, and inability to maintain concentration, persistence or pace when performing tasks.
  2. Episodes requiring an increase in treatment or relocation to a less stressful situation
  3. Medical records proving a sudden significant increase in medication or the need for a more structured psychological support system
  4. Episodes must be documented at least three episodes within one year (on average of one every four months) and lasting for at least two weeks. If your episodes differ in frequency or length, your Freedom Disability Advocate will assist you in determining if they are of equal severity.

If you feel your condition has or will prevent you from working for at least twelve consecutive months, and believe you deserve Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our professional Disability Advocates. Our Advocates can help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful SSDI application. If you do qualify, we can provide you with the assistance that you need to get the benefits that you deserve. At Freedom we are experienced in submitting Alzheimer’s Disability applications and will assist you in gathering all necessary medical documents to support your claim.

The foregoing information is based on published materials from the Social Security Administration (“Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”). It is meant to serve as an introduction to some of the factors used by the SSA in evaluating cases. It is no way comprehensive. While Freedom Disability can help you prepare an effective application for benefits, only the SSA can determine whether or not you qualify. For more information call Freedom today at (800) 298-6885.

Back Pain: Social Security Disability

Back pain is one of the most common conditions debilitating Americans today. It is also one of the most challenging conditions to prove as a disability under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) standards. Generally, the SSA is looking for “inability to ambulate effectively on a sustained basis.” In other words, to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, you need to demonstrate that you are unable to move about for an extended period because of back pain. This inability must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 12 months.

Some of the more specific conditions accepted by the Social Security Administration includes:

Disorders of the spine, such as herniated nucleus pulposus; spinal arachnoiditis; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; degenerative disc disease; facet arthritis; vertebral fracture; that results in compromising a nerve root (including the cauda equina) or the spinal cord.

These conditions must include one (1) of the following three (3):

  1. Evidence of nerve root compression characterized by neuro-anatomic distribution of pain, limitation of motion of the spine, motor loss (atrophy with associated muscle weakness or muscle weakness) accompanied by sensory or reflex loss and, if there is involvement of the lower back, positive straight-leg raising test (sitting and supine);or
  2. Spinal arachnoiditis, confirmed by an operative note or pathology report of tissue biopsy, or by appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by severe burning or painful dysesthesia, resulting in the need for changes in position or posture more than once every two hours;or
  3. Lumbar spinal stenosis resulting in pseudoclaudication, established by findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging, manifested by chronic nonradicular pain and weakness, and resulting in inability to ambulate effectively.

If you feel your condition has, or will, prevent you from working for at least 12 consecutive months, and, if you believe you deserve Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), click here or call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our professional Disability Advocates. Our Advocates can determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful SSDI application. If you do qualify we can provide you with the assistance you need to get the benefits you deserve. At Freedom we are experienced in submitting Back Pain Disability applications and will assist you in gathering all necessary medical documents to support your claim.

The foregoing information is based on published materials from the Social Security Administration (“Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”). It is meant to serve as an introduction to some of the factors used by the SSA in evaluating cases. It is no way comprehensive. While Freedom Disability can help you prepare an effective application for benefits, only the SSA can determine whether or not you qualify. For more information call Freedom today at (800) 298-6885.

Blind, Vision Impairment: Social Security Disability

If you are blind and unable to work you are subject to a unique set of rules established by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you are considered ‘legally blind’ you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. ‘Legally Blind’ is defined by the inability to correct your vision to better than 20/20 in your better eye, or if your field of vision is 20 degrees or less in your better eye.

You may still qualify for SSDI benefits even if you are not considered ‘legally blind’. If you are prevented from working because of your vision problems, or because of your vision combined with another medical condition, then call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our disability Advocates.

To be considered for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, blind claimants must have paid into the Social Security system for enough years, as well as have a monthly income of less that $1570 or not be currently working. Each year you pay Social Security taxes, you are earning credits towards future Social Security benefits. If you are legally blind, you can earn these credits at any time during your working career. If you do not have enough credits to qualify for benefits at the time you become blind, you can earn credits after that point, which may also count towards your eligibility. Also, if you do not have enough credits based solely on your earnings, you may use the earnings of a spouse or parent to help you qualify. If you have any questions about credits or eligibility, our Disability Advocates at Freedom will be more than happy to answer them. Contact us today at (800) 298-6885 for more information about qualifying for SSDI benefits.

Disability Freeze

If you are legally blind, but still able to work, there is a special rule, known as the Disability Freeze that may help you to receive higher disability and retirement benefits in the future. If your earnings are lower due to your blindness those working years can be excluded when calculating your Social Security disability or retirement benefits in the future. Your benefits will be higher because they are based on your average lifetime earnings. If those years of lower pay are excluded, your income during that period will not count towards your average lifetime earnings.

Receiving Benefits While Working

In order to make it easier for disabled people to receive benefits while they are still employed, Social Security uses work incentives. Blind beneficiaries are allowed to make up to $1800 per month in 2014 and still receive benefits, compared to disabled beneficiaries who are not blind and only allowed to make $1,070. However, these limits change each year so contact Freedom Disability at (800) 298-6885 for more information.

Beneficiaries Older Than 55

Blind Beneficiaries who are older than 55 and still able to work are evaluated differently than disabled beneficiaries who are not blind. If your work requires a lower level of skill and ability than your work before age 55, and at any point your monthly income exceeds $1800, cash payments are only suspended, not terminated. Subsequently, if your income drops below that point, payments will resume.

If you have any questions or feel that you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for more information. Our Advocates are experienced with ‘legally blind’ claimants and can help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful SSDI application. If you do qualify, we can provide you with the assistance that you need to get the benefits that you deserve. If you have previously been denied benefits, but feel your condition makes you eligible, contact us today at (800) 298-6885.

The foregoing information is based on published materials from the Social Security Administration (“Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”). It is meant to serve as an introduction to some of the factors used by the SSA in evaluating cases. It is no way comprehensive. While Freedom Disability can help you prepare an effective application for benefits, only the SSA can determine whether or not you qualify. For more information call Freedom today at (800) 298-6885.

Cancer, Malignant Neoplastic Disease: Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration separates disabilities due to Malignant Neoplastic Diseases into these twenty-seven categories:

If you have been or will be unable to work for at least twelve consecutive months due to cancer, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. If you have past work experience and believe you may qualify, call Freedom Disability for a free evaluation with one of our Disability Advocates. Our Advocates can help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful SSDI application. If you do qualify, we can provide you with the assistance that you need to get the benefits that you deserve. If you have previously been denied benefits, but feel your condition makes you eligible, contact us today at (800) 298-6885.

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Breast

Claimants applying for Social Secuirty Disability Insurance benefits are typically approved when their condition includes one of the following symptoms:

  • Carcinoma with distant metastases
  • Locally advanced carcinoma (inflammatory carcinoma, tumor of any size with direct extension to the chest wall or skin, tumor of any size with metastases to the ipsilateral internal mammary nodes).
  • Recurrent carcinoma, except local recurrence that remits with antineoplastic therapy

Please call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our Disability Advocates. If you have any questions about your condition or eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, our Advocates will help determine whether you qualify.

Cancers of the Female Genital Tract

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits with cancers of the Female Genital Tract, such as carcinoma or sarcoma, are typically approved when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Ureters (corpus) including at least one of the following:
    • Persistent or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy
    • Invading adjoining organs
    • Metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes
  • Uterine cervix including at least one of the following:
    • Persistent or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy
    • Extending to the pelvic wall, lower portion of the vagina, or adjacent or distant organs
  • Vulva including at least one of the following:
    • Invading adjoining organs
    • Metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes
    • Persistent or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy
  • Fallopian tubes including at least one of the following:
    • Extending to the serosa or beyond
    • Persistent or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy
  • Ovaries including at least one of the following:
    • All tumors except germ-cell tumors with at least one of the following:
      • Metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes
      • Tumor extension beyond the pelvis
      • Ruptured ovarian capsule, tumor on the serosal surface of the ovary, ascites with malignant cells, or positive peritoneal washings
      • Recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy
    • Germ-cell tumors that are progressive or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy

Please call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our professional Advocates. They will help determine whether your condition is likely to result in a successful Social Security Disability Insurance claim.

Esophagus or Stomach

Claimants suffering from Malignant Neoplastic Esophagus or Stomach Diseases are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Carcinoma or Sarcoma of the esophagus
  • Carcinoma or Sarcoma of the stomach including at least one of the following:
    • Inoperable, unresectable, extending to surrounding structures of recurrent
    • Metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes

Call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 and receive a free evaluation of your condition by one of our trained Advocates. Their experience with Malignant Neoplastic Disease applications will help determine whether your SSDI claim will be successful.

Kidneys, Adrenal Glands or Ureters

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits who suffer from Malignant Neoplastic Kidney, Adrenal Gland or Ureter Disease such as carcinoma, are typically approved when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
  • Metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes

Large Intestine

Claimants with Malignant Neoplastic Large Intestine Disease, from ileocal valve to and including the anal canal, are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Adenocarcinoma that is inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent
  • Metastases beyond the regional lymph nodes
  • Swuamous cell carcinoma of the anus, recurrent after surgery

If you have any questions concerning your Malignant Neoplastic Intestinal Disease please contact Freedom Disability at (800) 298-6885 as soon as possible. Our Advocates have experience with applications like this and are happy to asses whether they feel your claim will be successful. Call Freedom today for a free evaluation.

Leukemia

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are typically approved when their Leukemia symptoms include one of the following:

  • Acute Leukemia (including T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma). Beneficiaries are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of initial diagnosis or relapse. Beneficiaries are also considered disabled for at least 12 months from the date of bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia with one of the following:
    • Accelerated or blast phase. Beneficiaries are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of initial diagnosis or relapse and at least twelve months from the date of bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.
    • Chronic Phase including one of the following:
      • Progressive disease following initial antineoplastic therapy
      • Beneficiaries are considered under disability for at least twelve months from the date of bone marrow or stem cell transplantation

If you feel you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and Leukemia has prevented you from working for at least one year, call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our Advocates.

Liver or Gallbladder

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits with Liver or Gallbladder disease are typically approved when they have tumors of the liver, gallbladder, or bile ducts.

Lungs

Claimants with Malignant Neoplastic Lung Diseases are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Non-small-cell carcinoma. It must be inoperable, unresectable, recurrent, or metastatic to or beyone the hilar nodes
  • Small-cell carcinoma

Call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation of your condition with one of our trained Advocates who can help determine if your condition will support a successful Social Security Disability Insurance claim.

Lymphoma

Claimants submitting Lymphoma applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are typically approved when their condition includes one of the following
symptoms:

  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with one of the following:
    • Low grade or indolent lymphoma requiring initiation of more than one antineoplastic treatment regimen with in a twelve month consecutive period
    • Intermediate or high grade lymphoma persistent or recurrent following initial antineoplastic
  • Hodgkin’s disease with failure to achieve clinically complete remission or recurrent disease within twelve months of completing initial antineoplastic therapy
  • Bone marrow or stem cell transplantation. Beneficiaries are considered disabled for at least twelve months from the date of the initial transplant

If you feel your Lymphoma has prevented you from working for the past twelve months call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our Advocates.

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases treated by Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplantation

Claimants with Malignant Neoplastic Diseases treated by Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplantation are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes at least one of the following:

  • Allogeneic Transplantation
  • Autologous Transplantation

Maxilla, Orbit or Temporal Fossa

Claimants with Maxilla, Orbit or Temporal Fossa applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are typically approved when their condition includes one of the following symptoms:

  • Sarcoma or carcinoma of any type with regional or distant metastases
  • Tumors with extension to the base of the skull, orbit, meninges or sinuses
  • Carcinoma of the antrum with extension into the orbit or ethmoid or sphenoid sinus

Please call Freedom Disability immediately if you have any questions about your condition or eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Our Advocates will give you a free evaluation to help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful SSDI application. Call us today and begin the process to receiving the benefits you deserve.

Multiple Myeloma

Claimants with Multiple Myeloma, when confirmed by appropriate serum or urine protein electophoresis and bone marrow finding, are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes one of the following symptoms:

  • Failure to respond or progressive disease following initial antineoplastic therapy
  • Bone marrow or stem cell transplantation. Beneficiaries are considered disabled for at least twelve months from the date of the transplantation.

Call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 if you have any questions regarding your condition or your eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Our Advocates will give you a free evaluation and help determine if you qualify. Call today and begin your application for the benefits you deserve.

Nervous System

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits with Malignant Neoplastic Nervous System Diseases are typically approved when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Central nervous system neoplasms (brain and spinal cord) including one of the following:
    • Any central nervous system neoplasm progressive or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy
    • Highly malignant tumors, as in Grades III and IV astrocytomas, ependymoblastoma, glioblastoma multiforme, medulloblastoma or other primitive meuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) with documented metastases, diffuse intrinsic brain stem gliomas or primary sarcomas.
  • Peripheral nerve or spinal root neoplasm including one of the following:
    • Progressive or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy
    • Metastatic

If you believe your condition qualifies you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, please call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our Advocates. Call us today to begin your process to receiving the benefits you deserve.

Pancreas

Claimants with Pancreatic Disease are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Islet cell carcinoma that is inoperable or unresectable and physiologically active
  • Carcinoma (except islet cell carcinoma)

Please call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 with any questions you may have about your condition or eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Our Advocates will be happy to help.

Penis

Claimants with Malignant Neoplastic Penal Disease are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes carcinoma with metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes.

Pleura or Mediastinum

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits with Pleura or Mediastinum are typically approved when their condition includes at least one of the following:

  • Tumors of the mediastinum including at least one of the following:
  • Metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes
  • Persistent or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy
  • Malignant or mesothelioma of pleura

Call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 with any questions you may have about your condition. Our Advocates are happy to help and give you a free evaluation to help determine whether your application will be successful.

Primary Site Unknown After Appropriate Search for Primary

Claimants are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance when the primary site of their Malignant Neoplastic Disease is unknown with metastatic carcinoma or sarcoma except for solitary squamous cell carcinoma in the neck.

Prostate Gland

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits with Prostate Gland Disease are typically approved when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Progessive or recurrent despite initial hormonal intervention
  • Visceral metastases

Salivary Glands

Claimants are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their symptoms include carcinoma or sarcoma with metastases beyond the regional lymph nodes.

Skeletal System

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for Malignant Neoplastic Skeletal System Diseases (carcinoma or sarcoma) are typically approved when their condition includes one of the following symptoms:

  • Inoperable or unresectable
  • Recurrent tumor (except local recurrence) after initial antineoplastic therapy
  • Distant metastases
  • All other tumors originating in bone with multimodal antineoplastic therapy. Beneficiaries are considered disabled for at least twelve months from the date of the initial diagnosis.

If you believe your condition qualifies you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or have any questions, call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our Advocates. They will be happy to assists you in any way and help you begin your application for the benefits you deserve.

Skin

Claimants applying for cash benefits who have been disabled by Malignant Neoplastic Skin Diseases are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes one of the following symptoms:

  • Sarcoma or carcinoma with metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes
  • Melanoma with one of the following
    • Recurrent after wide excision (except an additional primary melanoma at a different site, which is not considered to be recurrent disease)
    • Palpable nodal metastases or metastases to adjacent skin (satellite lesions) or elsewhere

If your condition is not described above, but you believe you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our Advocates.

Small Intestine

Claimants with Malignant Neoplastic Small Intestine Disease, such as carcinoma, sarcoma or carcinoid, are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Metastases beyond the regional lymph nodes
  • Inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Claimants with Soft Tissue Sarcoma are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes one of the following:

  • Regional or distant metastases
  • Persistent or recurrent following initial antineoplastic therapy

Call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 if you have any questions regarding your condition. Our Disability Advocates will provide a free evaluation to help determine if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Soft Tissue Tumors of the Head and Neck

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are typically approved when their condition includes one of the following symptoms:

  • Inoperable or unresectable
  • Persistent disease following initial multimodal antineoplastic therapy
  • Recurrent disease following initial antineoplatic therapy except local vocal cord recurrence
  • Metastases beyond the regional lymph nodes
  • Claimants with soft tissue tumors in the head and neck are considered disabled for at least twelve months from the date of the initial diagnosis.

If you feel your soft tissue tumor has affected your ability to work for the past twelve consecutive months, call Freedom Disability at (800) 298-6885. Our Disability Advocates have experience submitting soft tissue tumor applications and will assists you in gathering all necessary medical documents to support your claim. Call Freedom today for a free evaluation.

Testicles

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are typically approved when their Testicular Disease includes tumors with metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes.

Thyroid Gland

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits with Malignant Neoplastic Thyroid Disease are typically approved when their condition includes one of the following symptoms:

  • Carcinoma with metastases beyond the regional lymph nodes progressive despite radioactive iodine therapy
  • Anaplastic (undifferentiated) carcinoma

Call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 if you have any questions about your condition. Our Advocates will be happy to assist you.

Urinary Bladder

Claimants with Urinary Bladder Disease, such as carcinoma, are typically approved for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits when their condition includes at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Recurrent after total cystectomy
  • Inoperable or unresectable
  • Inflammation beyond the bladder wall
  • Metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes

If you have any questions regarding your condition, call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation with one of our Advocates.

Remember, this is only a list of common mental disorders the Social Security Administration has predetermined severe enough to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. If you do not fall into one of these categories, but still feel your condition is disabling, call Freedom Disability today at (800) 298-6885 for a free evaluation by one of our Advocates. Our Advocates will provide you with further information about each category’s specific criteria and help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful SSDI application.

The foregoing information is based on published materials from the Social Security Administration (“Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”). It is meant to serve as an introduction to some of the factors used by the SSA in evaluating cases. It is no way comprehensive. While Freedom Disability can help you prepare an effective application for benefits, only the SSA can determine whether or not you qualify. For more information call Freedom today at (800) 298-6885.

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Cancer: Lung Cancer: Social Security Disability

Disability Benefits Can Help Those Battling Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States. It is a fast-growing cancer that is hard to diagnose and often detected too late. Most people diagnosed in the advanced stages of lung cancer die within a year. It is estimated that 165,000 people die of lung cancer annually.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has identified lung cancer as a qualifying disabling medical condition for Social Security Insurance benefits in the category for malignant neo-plastic diseases. SSA fast-tracks disability benefits through its Compassionate Allowance initiative for people in the advanced stages of lung cancer when the survival rate is very low. Benefits include monthly cash support for the claimant that continues for the claimant’s family after death.  The claimant is also eligible for Medicare health insurance benefits but only after a 24-month waiting period.  Freedom Disability supports legislation to eliminate this unfair waiting period so that Medicare benefits can be accessed immediately by the people who need health care insurance the most. Unfortunately, no action has yet been taken.

There are two main types of lung cancer that affects the tissues of the lung: small cell and non-small cell. Treatment methods differ between the two types.

Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is usually treated with surgery. About 87 percent of lung cancers are non-small cell cancers. It is a slow-spreading cancer with a five-year survival rate of 15 percent.

Small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) responds to chemotherapy or radiation. However, the survival rate is bleak for those diagnosed with extensive small cell lung carcinoma.  The two-year survival rate is just two percent.

Smoking is considered the leading cause of lung cancer, but exposure to pollution, radiation and asbestos may also increase risk.  In fact, 60 percent of lung cancer cases occur in non-smokers or people who quit smoking years ago. Common symptoms include, persistent cough, chest pain, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, wheezing or hoarseness, repeat episodes of pneumonia or bronchitis, swelling of the neck and face, weight loss, and fatigue.

Early detection can improve chances of survival. However, lung cancer is hard to diagnose and is often detected too late. Survival rates for stage one cancer patients can be as great as 92 percent, versus a dismal 15.5 percent survival rate among stage four patients. This rate hasn’t changed in 40 years.

According to resource statistics gathered by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation:

  • Over 450 people die in the U.S. per day of lung cancer
  • Lung cancer accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths
  • The majority of lung cancer patients are diagnosed too late and will die within one year

Helpful Resources for People with Lung Cancer

Freedom Disability helps people with respiratory disabilities such as Lung Cancer, apply for and win Social Security Disability benefits. We also provide information on additional resources to further help our claimants.

Read more about the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation to learn about the benefits they offer and how to get involved in the services they provide.

Lung Cancer

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to “eradicating lung cancer with our patients, survivors, and their families through research, early detection, awareness, education, prevention, and treatment.” The Foundation has raised more than $4 million and hosts fund-raising public events throughout the year.

Bonnie J. Addario is herself a lung cancer survivor and has made it her mission to internationally raise awareness about the importance of early detection.  Fund-raising events help support research to end lung cancer.

The Foundation also provides helpful resources and support tools and opportunities for patients, survivors and families to share stories and network together.

Find out more about how to get involved at www.lungcancerfoundation.org.