• Disability issues

    Asked by Marz416 on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Disability issues

    I have stage 4 colon/liver cancer. Disability has decided I no longer need their benefits however I’m still seeing my fr, having cat scans, colonoscopies and have nerve damage and other issues from the chemo. Just wondering if there are others out there fighting the system for what I think would be a no brainer so as to enable the Ill and very ill to have quality of life as it’s what we paid into for years. I’m at s loss as to what I need to do next. Everyone says get a lawyer but I’m trying no too. Any words of advise from anyone who’s been in my position? Thanks

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Disability will continue if you relapse, or if you have on-going or permanent disabilities according to Social Security rules. What I did was to get medical reports on each and every disability I had, no matter how small. I lumped them all together.

      Ultimately, it was my relapse which triggered the SSD coverage. You could have your oncologist write a letter explaining your disabilities from both the disease as well as the treatment. For these reasons, there is always a law firm across the street or a few doors down from each and every SS office. Consults are free, and they may be able to provide some tips to avoid suing.

      almost 3 years ago
    • lo15's Avatar
      lo15

      Seems terribly unfair, I'm very sorry .

      almost 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I am sorry to offer the same advise as you have already been given but i too recommend an attorney. They know the ins and outs and how to deal with the system.

      almost 3 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr (Best Answer!)

      I was told that being stage 4 was one of the very few things that social security wouldn't deny benefits for, ( and would fast track the case of some situations) but apparently that article was wrong if you're having trouble.

      Its very important to get an attorney so SS knows you are willing to go to heating and the trial. They pretty much deny everybody and make you go to hearing or trial because they are hoping you're too. sick to fight back.

      The attorneys should work at zero cost to you up front and they only get paid a set percentage of your initial payout when you're disability is awarded. Then you never pay them again. A disability attorney is absolutely worth getting. You especially don't need to be fighting with these guys and stressing out when you're sick.

      The attorneys can and will do that for you because they only get paid if you win.

      almost 3 years ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I, too, believe that you need an attorney. Their fees are set and they can only take a percentage of what you get in back pay.

      It is a slippery slope when you have Stage IV cancer and are no longer in treatment. Best wishes.

      almost 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      What a Shame and a Disgrace that we need to Pay an Attorney to get what we are entitled to get and we paid for our entire lives. We Cancer Patients NEED an Organization or some time of Cancer Patients Union to go to bat for us as it seems to me after five years of this crap we are just like Human Guinea Pigs that have NO POWER at all and just really in a bad way. Does anybody have ANY Ideas as to HOW we can use our Numbers of Patients to fight back. We are just like Human Punching Bags. I'm sorry if some get angry at me for posting stuff like this but if you thing about it what I'm saying is true....We need to fight back.

      almost 3 years ago
    • ProstateCancer's Avatar
      ProstateCancer

      I was planning on filing for Disability, but after seeing this It's probably a waste of time for me. I'm not as bad off as others.

      almost 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Definitely get an attorney.
      By the time I was denied, I was too sick and confused to go on because the cancer treatment had given me a secondary health challenge and because it would be 5 more years until I discovered the major culprit of mold behind the walls of the house in which I was residing.
      It is very very difficult without help.

      almost 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Get on the patientadvocate.org site and let them fight this for you for little to no cost. Best of luck to you.

      almost 3 years ago

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