Social Security Disability Claims and Cervical Cancer
If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, provided that you have worked in the past and are covered by what’s known as Social Security disability insurance. A Raleigh Social Security disability attorney can answer your questions about how to determine if you specifically qualify based on your work credits.
Cervical Cancer is the Second Most Common Cancer Affecting Women
It’s estimated that in 2011 about 11,000 American women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 lost their lives to the aggressive disease. The cervix is the part of the uterus that connects to the vagina, and cervical cancer is second only to breast cancer in its widespread impact on women. Those under 50 are at the highest risk for cervical cancer, and massive informational campaigns have been launched to spread awareness about the disease and its profound effects.
Cancer of the cervix can be caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the single most commonly spread STD in the country, and it plays a considerable role in cervical cancer’s increasing and widespread rate of incidence.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Cervical Cancer
There are 2 ways to qualify for disability benefits from Social Security: either through medical provisions or through vocational provisions. Being diagnosed with cervical cancer may change everything about your life, but it’s still not sufficient to warrant Social Security disability benefits by itself. Instead, you must demonstrate that your condition meets or goes beyond the requirements laid out in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments – also know as the Blue Book (named so for its color).
The Blue Book requirements stipulate that the cancer must extend beyond the cervix to the vagina, organs, and/or pelvic wall or persist despite chemotherapy treatment. This means that a potential claimant must undergo the painful process of chemotherapy even if she prefers not to put herself through the torturous and rigorous process.
Should your cancer fail to fall into one of these 2 categories, the SSA will review your case to determine if your condition is severe enough to prevent you from working enough to earn a substantially gainful wage. If you are unable to maintain a full-time job that would allow you to earn a living wage, you may be eligible for benefits.
However, just because you are no longer able to perform your former job, doesn’t mean that you cannot perform another job. In order to qualify for benefits, the SSA must determine that you are unable to sustain any gainful employment–not just employment that you like or are comfortable with.
Help from a Raleigh Social Security Disability Attorney
If you or someone you love is unable to work due to cervical cancer, reach out to a disability attorney at the law offices of Brent Adams & Associates and schedule a FREE consultation – 1-800-849-5931.