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The Difficulties of Battling Cancer

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Being diagnosed and treated for cancer is something that no one would like to go through. But, unfortunately, thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer everyday. The pain and uncertainty are a combination of two of the most stressful things humans will ever face. Thankfully, research and treatments have come a long way in recent years.

Unfortunately, there are still thousands of people suffering from types of cancer that are fatal in the majority of instances. These people are most likely left unable to work soon after their diagnosis. Along with battling terminal cancer, they also become unable to financially provide for their families and selves.

Generally, either the cancer itself or its treatments will render a person physically unable to work. There are many aspects of having cancer that can make it impossible for a person to work. Five of the most common reasons are:
  1. High levels of pain
  2. Medication side effects
  3. Treatment side effects and/or scheduling conflicts
  4. Physical weakness
  5. Doctors will refuse to sign work releases for cancer patients
Again, these are only some of the reasons why cancer patients are unable to work. When it is determined that an individual is a terminal cancer patient, they have the right to receive disability benefits. Cancer patients that are struggling with a less severe type of cancer may qualify as well.

Regardless of whether a patient is considered to have terminal cancer or a type of cancer they can beat, they are likely to become unable to work.

Upon being diagnosed with a disabling cancer, it is wise to immediately hire a disability lawyer. Filing for disability in itself is a nightmare for some, and having cancer can only increase the stress at this trying time.

Paperwork must be filed, doctors must be contacted, and new medical tests may need to be taken to prove the condition is disabling.

Cancer patients suffer enough as it is, but still must go through the steps necessary to successfully file for disability. Having an experienced disability lawyer to guide them through the process of filing and qualifying for disability can make life a bit easier for many cancer sufferers.

Hiring a disability lawyer can also help patients get an approval for disability faster. Due to having knowledge of the entire disability process, a lawyer will ensure each client's claim is not delayed. Not having the proper paperwork or having performed certain tasks can delay a disability claim.

Obviously, delays and denials would only cause more problems for a person already dealing with more than their fair share. If you or someone you love suffers from cancer and are no longer able to work, it might be wise to investigate disability benefits through Social Security.

The best way to find out if you qualify and to start your case is to consult with a disability lawyer. Don't waste time, because with disability, every second counts. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can get approved for benefits.

About the Sponsor of This Post
Robert A Friedman is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. He started his own law firm, Friedman Disability, in 1990. Along with his team of lawyers, he has helped over 12,000 clients win more than $200 million in Social Security disability, SSI and veteran’s disability benefits.

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