You originally thought your nagging cough and harsh breathing was due to allergies. But when you began coughing up blood and had difficulty swallowing, you knew it was more severe. You went to your doctor and, after x-rays and blood tests, he sent you for an MRI and biopsy of your thyroid. The result was thyroid cancer.

Of the four types of thyroid cancer—papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic—you have one of the most severe: medullary. You underwent surgery and are receiving chemotherapy. Both treatments have left you feeling sick, weak, and unable to work. However, you have bills to pay and a family to support. What can you do?

You May Qualify for Social Security Disability

You may be eligible to receive benefits by qualifying through two ways: meeting the medical impairment listing or proving you are unable to work through the Administration’s Residual Functional Capacity.

  • Meeting the medical listing. To meet this listing, you must prove that you have either anaplastic carcinoma, medullary carcinoma that has spread beyond the lymph nodes near the thyroid gland, or carcinoma that has spread beyond the lymph nodes near the thyroid gland and continues to spread despite treatment. In order to prove this, you’ll need medical reports that entail the type of cancer you have, along with treatments you have received.
  • Meeting the Residual Functional Capacity. If you don’t meet the medical listing, you may qualify for benefits if you have serious physical or mental limitations at work because of your cancer. For instance, shortness of breath you experience because of the cancer, or the side effects from the chemo or radiation, may qualify you for Social Security.

Our Lawyers Have Experience With Social Security Benefits

The legal team behind Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. has a great deal of experience helping those in Morris Plains apply for and receive the Social Security benefits they need during difficult times. We may be able to do the same for you. Contact us to find out if we can help.


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