Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is always challenging for both that person and their family. But with that diagnosis can come the need for support and Social Security disability benefits.
Learn more about qualifying for Social Security disability through the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you’re looking for a Social Security disability lawyer to help with your case, contact the Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan in Broward County. Our lawyer is here to help you get your benefits — schedule a free consultation today!
The SSA defines terminal illness disability cases as TERI cases. Oftentimes, when someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, they are unable to wait the usual five-month (or more) waiting period for their Social Security disability application to be approved. Because of this, TERI cases are expedited by the SSA and defined as “a medical condition that is untreatable and expected to result in death.”
These TERI cases are given special handling to ensure that the timing and processing of the case is done without much delay. In order for this entire process to move smoothly, you want to present the proper claim with the correct proof and paperwork. Other proof, like a medical source statement, can further help the SSA establish a clear diagnosis.
If you’re worried about the application process, it’s a good idea to get the help of a lawyer experienced with Social Security disability cases. Our attorney, B. Adam Sagan, has taught medical school along with working as a disability attorney. This gives him a unique angle for both understanding your case and helping you work with the SSA on your TERI case.
The SSA has a list of medical conditions that qualify for TERI treatment, including:
- Cancer that is Stage IV, metastatic, recurrent, or inoperable.
- Dependence on a cardiopulmonary life-sustaining device
- Comatose for 30 days or longer
- Chronic pulmonary or heart failure and requiring continuous oxygen
It’s also important to note that if you already have Social Security retirement and you receive a terminal diagnosis, you will not qualify for Social Security disability.
Since you’re applying for SSA due to a terminal illness, understanding the survivor’s benefits is also important. If you pass away while receiving Social Security disability benefits, your family will be protected if they are:
- Children under the age of 18 (or in high school and under the age of 19)
- A spouse with a disability who is over 50
- A spouse of any age caring for children under 16
- A spouse over the age of 60
These survivors are eligible to receive up to 75% of your month’s Social Security disability payments until your children reach adulthood or your spouse moves over to Social Security retirement benefits.
Get Help with Social Security Disability
If you or your family are dealing with a terminal illness, contact the SSA as soon as possible to move forward with your TERI case. Furthermore, find a Social Security disability attorney that will be on your side throughout the entire process.
When you choose the Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan in Broward County, you get an attorney who’s dedicated to getting you Social Security disability benefits. Whether you have a TERI case that needs to be expedited or are looking for assistance with a Social Security disability application, contact us to schedule your free consultation today!