Head and Neck Cancers and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Head and neck cancer that is metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What are Head and Neck Cancers?
Head and neck cancers are cancers that occur in the flat, scale-‐like cells (squamous cells) lining the mucosal cavities (such as the nose, mouth, throat, and, in rare cases, the salivary glands) in the head and neck. Head and neck cancers are characterized based on where they occur. There are 5 categories: oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, nasal and paranasal sinuses, and salivary. Tobacco and alcohol usage are leading contributors to these cancers, which are nearly twice as common in men as in women, and are most often diagnosed in individuals over age 50. Treatment of head and neck cancers, which may include any combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy, depends upon the location and stage of the tumor, as well as on the age and health of the affected individual.
Head and Neck Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of head and neck cancers include:
- Persistent sore throat
- Lumps or sores (i.e. in the moth) that won’t heal
- Trouble swallowing
- Painful swallowing
- Swollen jaw
- Ringing in the ears
- Chronic sinus infections
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Head and Neck Cancers
Head and neck cancer that is metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with head and neck cancer that is metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with metastatic, inoperable, or unresectable head and neck cancer contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.