United States and the leading cause of cancer-related death for men. According to the United States Cancer Statistics Working Group, almost 210,000 men were diagnosed with this condition in 2011. If you are suffering from prostate cancer, or have a family member who is battling the disease, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be available. At the Boston firm of Kantrovitz & Associates, our government benefits attorneys have helped many Massachusetts residents as well as individuals from New Hampshire and Rhode Island with the SSDI application process.Compassionate Allowance Initiative
Recently, prostate cancer was recognized as one of the disorders that may be eligible for the compassionate allowance initiative. This is an “express route” to benefits and mandates that certain individuals suffering from eligible disorders qualify automatically for SSDI. Under the compassionate allowance program, approval for benefits may take only a few days or a week, as opposed to the months or years that application processing typically takes.
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer that is recurrent despite hormonal treatment, or that has spread to your bone or visceral organs, you may be eligible for nearly immediate SSDI benefits through the compassionate allowance initiative. When you apply, you will need to provide documentation establishing that your cancer has spread or has not responded to treatment, using medical records, pathology reports, and evidence of prior treatment efforts. At Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., our knowledgeable disability benefits attorneys can help you determine if you qualify for this program.Completing an Application for Benefits Based on Prostate Cancer
If your prostate cancer diagnosis does not meet the requirements for compassionate allowance, you may still apply for disability benefits by showing your disease prevents you from working a full-time job. You can do this by completing a residual functional capacity assessment, also known as an RFC. This will help the Social Security Administration (SSA) determine what you can and cannot do and will establish any limits you may have on your ability to walk, stand, lift items, or complete complicated tasks. If you are suffering from pain or other detrimental effects as a result of your cancer, these will be included in your RFC. After you complete your RFC and provide medical records, the SSA will determine whether your limitations prevent you from working not just at your current position but also at any job in the national economy. If so, you will be eligible for SSDI benefits.
If you disagree with the outcome of your RFC, you can appeal this determination. The judge may have incorrectly reviewed your limitations, failed to credit you for certain limitations, or incorrectly interpreted your medical records. In all of these circumstances, you are entitled to request a second review of your record through the appeals process. Since there are very specific arguments that can be made to improve the likelihood of a successful appeal, it is useful to find a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer to represent you in this process.Contact a Social Security Attorney in Massachusetts
Whether you are entitled to the “express route” to benefits or will need to participate in the longer RFC determination, applying for SSDI can require a great deal of time and effort. You must track down all of the necessary medical documentation, carefully record your symptoms and limitations, and fight to have your application accurately reviewed. The Social Security at Kantrovitz & Associates have over two decades of experience helping applicants throughout Massachusetts, including Plymouth, Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. If you are considering filing a claim for SSDI benefits due to your prostate cancer diagnosis, we are available to assist you. For more information, contact us at (800) 367-0871 or online.