Leukemia and Social Security Disability Benefits

Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells and the body’s ability to fight off infection. The National Cancer Institute predicted that 43,050 men and women would be diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and that almost half of them would die from the disease. When someone develops leukemia, his or her bone marrow begins to produce abnormal white blood cells that choke out the healthy cells.

One of the most common forms of the disease is acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) which can spread from the blood to the lymph nodes, liver, and brain and spinal cord. If you develop leukemia, you may need Social Security disability benefits to help make ends meet while you miss work for treatment and recovery.

Leukemia Symptoms

White males over the age of 70 have an increased risk of developing acute leukemia. Some of the most common symptoms of leukemia include:

  • Bruising or bleeding easily
  • Chronic weakness or tiredness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fever
  • Change in appetite or severe weight loss
  • Bone pain
  • Lumps around lymph nodes (neck, under arms, stomach, and groin)

The Social Security Administration should provide you with disability benefits from the time of your diagnosis, but if they reject your claim, you will need a qualified Social Security disability lawyer to help you fight for assistance.

Contact Us

You need benefits to help during this trying time in your life. Contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, today at (800) 520-3633 to speak with a qualified attorney.