Chicago Cancer Attorneys

Illinois Social Security Lawyers

Cancer is characterized by abnormal and uncontrolled cell growth that may form tumors. Cancer can develop anywhere in the body and may spread to other areas of the body. A cancer diagnosis can be life shattering. Not only does a cancer diagnosis result in feelings of fear, sadness and confusion, difficult medical procedures, and mounting medical bills, it also may prevent a patient from working. In these cases, a cancer patient may be entitled to social security disability benefits.

Cancer Categories

Cancer is characterized by the area of the body in which it originated. Cancer categories include:

Carcinomas (skin or organ tissue lining)
Sarcoma (connective or supportive tissue, such as bone, muscle or blood vessels)
Leukemia (blood forming tissues)
Lymphoma and Myeloma (immune system)
Central Nervous System Cancer (brain or spinal cord)

Qualifications for Social Security Disability Benefits

An applicant who has cancer can qualify for disability benefits if he or she meets the evaluation criteria established in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “Listing of Impairments,” or he or she shows the SSA that he or she is unable to participate in any kind of employment based on residual functional capacity, age, education and work experience. Most cancers are addressed under Section 13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases. It is important to remember that an applicant with cancer must still show the SSA that his or her cancer or cancer treatment prevents him or her from engaging in “substantial gainful activity” (i.e. employment). As with all social security disability claims, the submission of sufficient medical documentation is essential in order to demonstrate eligibility for social security disability benefits.

Importance of Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney

The social security disability application process can be incredibly complex and detailed. The assistance of a knowledgeable social security attorney can be crucial to the success of your claim. Ankin Law is a Chicago, Illinois social security disability law firm that focuses on representing clients who are pursuing social security benefits for a variety of medical conditions, including cancer. If you are unable to work due to anxiety, contact our office at (872) 529-9377 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Chicago social security disability attorneys.


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Ankin Law

10 N Dearborn, Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60602

(872) 529-9377