It’s no secret to most people that applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be time consuming. In a best case scenario, the SSA typically takes three to six months before approving a claim.
More often than not, claimants need to go through a lengthy appeals process, which takes an average of eighteen months, and sometimes drags out for several years.
While there are certainly legitimate reasons that some Social Security Disability claims need to take that long, there is no need for a Social Security Disability claim in which the claimant has a clearly debilitating condition to be dragged out for so long. Fortunately, the SSA agrees.
In 2008, the Social Security Administration began the Compassionate Allowance Listing program. The goal of the program was to identify conditions that, by their very nature, always qualify those who suffer from them for disability.
Eighty conditions were initially listed, with more being added later, and still other conditions being considered on an ongoing basis.
For those who suffer from one of the listed conditions, the Compassionate Allowance program is a godsend, allowing them to qualify for disability benefits in a s little as three weeks, rather than having to slog through the much longer process which most applicants must go through.
If you or a loved one has one of the conditions listed, such as inoperable or unresectable Large Intestine Cancer, apply for Social Security Disability benefits immediately.
Types of Symptoms
Large Intestine Cancer, also known as colon cancer, forms in the colon and typically spreads (metastasizes) to the lymph nodes and other organs. Large Intestine Cancer is commonly found in the liver, though it may spread to other organs as well.
Most people with Large Intestine Cancer are over 50, with the median age being 72.
Large colon cancer qualifies for a Compassionate Allowance if it is inoperable or unresectable. Inoperable means that, based on diagnostic tests and medical imaging, your doctor believes that surgery would not be beneficial and could not remove the cancer.
Unresectable means that surgery has been attempted, but was not successful in completely removing the cancer.
Large Intestine Cancer also qualifies for a Compassionate Allowance if there are distant metastases. Essentially, this means that you qualify for a Compassionate Allowance if the cancer has spread to other organs, as is often the case if Large Intestine Cancer is not caught in its earliest stages.
This is one of the reasons medical professionals recommend regular screenings beginning when a patient approaches age 50.
Treatment for Large Intestine Cancer includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. If the cancer is inoperable or unresectable, it may still be treated with radiation and chemotherapy, but the prognosis is generally quite poor.
The treatments often aimed at prolonging life and easing symptoms rather than actually eradicating the cancer.
Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits
When you have inoperable or unresectable Large Intestine Cancer, or Large Intestine Cancer (colon cancer) with distant metastasis, you qualify for a Compassionate Allowance. On the one hand, this greatly simplifies the Social Security Disability application process for you.
On the other hand, it makes it all the more important to make sure that all of your documentation (especially medical files) are in order before you apply.
The best way to make sure that everything is as it should be with your Social Security Disability claim is to use the services of a Social Security Disability lawyer. Doing so not only gives you the best chance of having your claim accepted without delay, but also relieves much of the stress of the application process.
Regardless of how you file your claim, you will want to make sure that your diagnosis of Large Intestine Cancer is included, of course, and that the records clearly state that it is inoperable, unresectable, or has distant metastases.
This should include a pathology report and, if applicable, an operative report. If you don’t have these documents, the SSA will generally accept a written opinion by your doctor that the cancer is inoperable. This written opinion should include a detailed summary of the findings that led to this diagnosis.
Next Steps You Can Take
Even though there is little doubt that you will ultimately be awarded Social Security Disability benefits because of your Compassionate Allowance status, it’s always a good idea to have a Social Security Disability attorney look over your claim to ensure that everything is in order. After all, you need to start collecting your benefits as soon as possible. The last thing you need is a delay due to a missing document or something that is filed incorrectly.
To have a qualified Social Security Disability attorney review your claim, simply fill out the request for a free evaluation form on this website today.