A diagnosis of cancer is perhaps the most feared diagnosis and greatest health fear for most Americans. There are over 1 million diagnoses each year in the United States, with many victims left unable to work as a result of their illness and treatment. If cancer is preventing you from working, it is crucial to discuss your situation with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.
At Crowe & Shanahan in St. Louis, we work closely with cancer victims throughout eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. Our lawyers will provide you with the one-on-one representation you need as you pursue the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits you are entitled to.
We focus our practice on clients right here in the St. Louis area. To speak with a St. Louis cancer disability attorney who will treat you as a person — not just another case file number — please call 314-231-6660 or toll free at 877-213-7793.
Duration Is the Key to Your Disability Claim
While your disability as a result of cancer or cancer treatment does not have to be permanent, you will have to be unable to work for 12 continuous months in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Also, if you are disabled for at least a year and are then able to return to work, you can still get back pay for your "closed period" of disability.
Cancer is usually diagnosed when a tumor is felt or other medical examinations indicate signs of potential cancer. Just figuring out your diagnosis, which can involve X-rays, MRIs, laboratory tests or biopsies, can prove quite expensive. Treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy and prescription medications can also add up. This is where SSD benefits can provide a crucial lifeline if cancer is keeping you out of work.
From your initial consultation forward, we will work with you and your doctor to determine what is in your best interest and work diligently to secure the full disability benefits you are entitled to. Our lawyers can help you no matter what type of cancer you are suffering from, including brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer or ovarian cancer.
To schedule an appointment with a dedicated Social Security Disability lawyer, contact us online today. Or, you can call us at 314-231-6660 or toll free at 877-213-7793.