Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Attorneys at Law

What can you do if cancer leads to a disability?

Millions of Americans fight cancer every year. In the best-case scenarios, those who suffer from some form of this illness are able to overcome it with treatment and go on to live full lives. However, the devastating effects of cancer can be more than some are able to overcome easily. For some, cancer can fundamentally alter their lives, becoming a disability.

So, what can Alabama residents do if cancer leads to a disability? Well, for starters, it is important to understand how cancer might become a disability, preventing a person from working and earning an income. There a many different kinds of cancer and, according to some sources, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the world. But, in general, cancer can: leave a person with a general sense of fatigue; cause weight fluctuations; cause unexplained pain or discomfort; and can even lead to trouble breathing. Of course, there are many other symptoms caused by cancer. It is an illness that is seemingly different for every person who suffers from it.

When cancer becomes a disability, Alabama residents may be able to apply to be approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits. SSD benefits are in place for those workers who have paid into the disability system over the course of their working careers. Applicants must prove that the disability in question prevents them from working and will last for at least 12 months, or result in death.

Putting together a strong initial application is usually the best chance to be approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Alabama residents should make sure that they understand what needs to be in their own unique application for SSD benefits.

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