If you’ve recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis, you may opt to apply for social security benefits, which are provided through several expedited benefits programs that are available through the U.S. Social Security Administration.
Why Are Mesothelioma Patients Eligible for Expedited Social Security Disability Benefits?
Mesothelioma cancer is a rare form of cancer which is most commonly associated with asbestos exposure. This disease can impact different areas of the body, such as the lungs in the case of pleural mesothelioma and the abdomen as in the case of peritoneal mesothelioma. More here)
Sadly, a mesothelioma diagnosis carries a very guarded prognosis, with just 4 in 10 patients surviving 12 months. By the five year mark, 92% of patients will have lost their battle with this disease.
Due to the very serious and fast-moving nature of this disease, the U.S. Social Security Administration has added peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma to the list of conditions that make one eligible for expedited social security benefits.
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits – The Compassionate Allowances (CAL) & TERI Programs
The process of applying for social security disability benefits can take weeks or even months, but an individual with a mesothelioma diagnosis may not have the time to go through the normal channels. For this reason, the Social Security Administration established the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program.
According to the Social Security Administration’s website, “Social Security has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards….Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information.”
Mesothelioma patients are eligible to apply for Social Security benefits, which are provided in a fast, expedited manner through this program.
In addition to expedited processing of your social security benefits application, the Social Security Administration has also lessened the amount of paperwork that these patients must complete. Sections dealing with the applicant’s work and education history are also omitted for mesothelioma patients, as this information is not necessary to make a decision as to whether you’re eligible to receive benefits.
Individuals with a mesothelioma lung cancer diagnosis are also eligible for expedited social security disability benefits processing under the terminal illness or TERI program. So you may have what is referred to as a “TERI case.”
Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits Online – The Quick Disability Determination (QDD) Process
For mesothelioma patients who wish to apply online, you can use the Quick Disability Determination Process, also called the QDD Process. The Social Security Administration uses a complex software program to evaluate the information on your social security benefits application; if you’re identified to have a high probability of qualifying, your case will be submitted for expedited review and approval.
Through the Quick Disability Determination Process, you can apply for Social Security benefits online and receive approval in as little as 20 days.
It’s important to apply quickly after your mesothelioma diagnosis if you plan to apply for SS benefits through the QDD process because the disability onset date must be recent (within the past few months) in order for your case to be approved for expedited review.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
There are three basic methods for applying for Social Security Disability benefits:
- Complete the application online (https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/)
- Call 800.722.1213.
- Visit a local Social Security Administration office. (https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp)
You should have a number of documents and information available, including:
- Your full name
- Your date of birth
- Your Social Security number
- Your address and contact information
- Names and contact information for your physicians
- Names and dosages of the medications you’re taking
- Medical laboratory tests and results paperwork
- A recent W2 form or a copy of your federal tax return.
Helping Mesothelioma Patients Apply for Social Security Benefits
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The main goal is to provide support to individuals who’ve recently received a mesothelioma diagnosis, along with their family members. They know how frightening it can be to receive such a serious diagnosis, especially one that is associated with a relatively poor prognosis.
Their goal is to help patients and their families to get mesothelioma compensation in a timely manner, from Social Security, the VA, along with mesothelioma and asbestos trust funds. Speak with experienced mesothelioma lawyers who will help you with a mesothelioma lawsuit if you wish to seek compensation for yourself and your family.
They understand how critical it is to get funding and help in a timely manner so mesothelioma patients and their families can enjoy the best possible quality of life, without the burden of financial worries.