Asked by jojosmom on Friday, November 9, 2012


    I have applied for disability in 2-12 for a leg crush injury, still waiting, will a cancer diagnosis with 5 months chemo & 6 weeks radiation help speed up the process? they said it'll be 12 months before I get a hearing.

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    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I applied for social security due to lung cancer, stage IV with mets to the bone, and I got approved fairly quickly. In my case, I think the stage of my cancer made a difference. I would have thought that with your injury that was enough, but you just never know with the government, ya know? I've heard that it is a long process normally, and a very frustrating one. Good luck to you!

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      If I remember correctly, your disability needs to be one that would continue for a minimum of 12 months. It sound like maybe that is what the deal is with the original disability you applied for, they are waiting to see if it will still prevent you from working for more than 12 months. The same would be true for your cancer diagnosis. You would need to be able to prove that it prevents you from working for more than 12 months. Since many people are able to continue to work while being treated for cancer, or the time they can't work is less than 12 months, getting SSDI approval for cancer can be a difficult and lengthy process.

      almost 6 years ago
    • kleslied's Avatar

      When you apply be sure to apply for SSI as well. The others are right your doctor will have to sign papers that you are in need and can not work for at least 12 months. When I applied I wasn't working because I was back in school to finish my degree so not working for awhile ruled me out from getting SSDI but I did qualify for SSI which isn't a lot of money almost 700 a month but without it I would have been in real trouble. I am still trying to fight for the SSDI but I think it's a losing process for me sadly enough. The whole process does move very quickly if you are a high stage of cancer it only took a month for me to receive my first check and they prorated back to when I was first diagnosed. The sooner you do it the quicker the results, and if you are working and you are denied the SSDI get a lawyer that doesn't get paid unless you do and have him fight it you will win but that part could take a long while.

      almost 6 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      If you apply online, the moment you check "cancer" the page will notify you that the process will be expedited. I applied and was approved in a matter of weeks. No attorney. I think cancer was the big one, but I threw every back and knee surgery, as well as everything else I could think of in with it. If you are under 60, I believe that you will have to go to a periodic review afterward.

      almost 6 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I was told that they push cancer patients through faster. I received mine 1 month after applying. I am also stage 4. That may have made a difference.

      almost 6 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      Maybe a social worker from the hospital/cancer unit you're getting treatments from could make it go much faster.Also the social worker and The American Cancer of America could suggest places that help cancer patients financially and otherwise and the social worker does work with you on these applications and such.They also make calls for you.It's so much less stress for you then trying to work with the government in this time of you life.God bless you!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      This is the one that had me laughing. I'd applied for disability also. Age 62 almost unable to stand or walk for long. terrific pain in my back. They said NO. I appealed. They said no. I hired a lawyer specializing in this type of thing. He appealed.. They were going to schedule a 'hearing'. Would take about six months to schedule. I was seeking backj surgery for some relief. Back surgeon is the one who first spotted the cancer... I received the diagnosis for sure from the oncologist... Called lawyer, and gave him the news... I signed the releases for giving out my health records again, from this doctor. It wasn't two weeks, I received a letter telling me I'd been granted complete disability...my full amount of SS not a reduced sum and that we should receive the first check the following month. Then within a week, my husband made a deposit and couldn't believe his eyes. WOW... he went back and took out $10. knowing there was a mistacke. Same amount minus $10. He called the bank when he got to work and was told.. it was accurate - it was a government checki. OMG... They went back and paid me the difference between the reduced amount and the full amount all the way back to when I first applied. I called the lawyer, he had received his check from the government paying him. (They take it out of my money) THEN I laughed and said. So having Stage IV cancer works... The poor lawyer... he didn't know what to say... but there was audible gulping.... and he said.. I guess so. Now, I had the surgery, they upgraded me to IIIC. That was almost 7 years ago. I'll be 70 next year. Hire a lawyer... they can only charge you what is allowed, and the SS sends them the check... if they say no... you're not out anything.

      almost 6 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I think the cancer diagnosis will help. I applied using "Freedom Disability", because it was too emotionally difficult for me to do it on my own. They wrote and submitted my claim, I just needed to verify and sign, and let SS know they were my agent. The package was sent at the end of July 2011 and I was approved in August, and received 13 months back pay. They charged $6,000 or 25% of all back payments, which ever was less - SS pay them directly from the money owed me.

      almost 6 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      It is always slow, but perhaps this would speed it up. Do you have an attorney helping you? I swear it helps. There is a lot of info on line. I used Binder and Binder & their fee came out of my back pay. Even if you don't use them, their site is very informative. Good luck with everything!

      almost 6 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar

      Do you have an attorney? If so ask them to push for an exception to waiting for ALJ hearing based on newer diagnoses. If you don't have an attorney seek one out, one the ONLY deals in SSDI. While they will get 25% of your SS back pay to a max of $6000, it's worth every cent. I happily allowed SS to retain $6000 from my retro SSDI benefits to pay my attorney form as they helped me get approved. I was due to have my ALJ hearing and was approved 3 days before the hearing! (Non cancer related diagnoses, severe spine and other orthopedic issues)

      (Participant in WhatNext as sister of a person with Lung cancer)

      almost 6 years ago

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