Social Security Disability Attorneys – Cancer

Battling with cancer is perhaps one of the toughest fights an individual can endure. It not only causes emotional and physical suffering, but it can have a permanent impact on a person’s quality of life. In some situations, cancer victims can even lose their employment because they lose the ability to perform the tasks required for their job.

If you have lost employment due to cancer, you may be entitled to Social Security benefits. The Indianapolis Social Security Lawyers at Hankey Marks & Crider are the legal team that you need. We have over 75 years of combined legal experience on our team, and we pride ourselves on the successes that we have had for our clients.

At Hankey Marks & Crider, our clients are our top priority. We understand the pain and frustration that you are likely going through, and we would like to help you secure your finances by getting you the income that is legally owed to you by Social Security. Do not hesitate to contact us. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work for you. Contact us online or call us now at (317) 634-8565 for a free consultation.

What is Cancer?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) defines cancer as a genetic disease caused by DNA changes that control the ways our cells function. These genetic changes can be inherited from our parents or arise during a person’s lifetime from lifestyle habits, carcinogens, or environmental factors.

Common Types of Cancer

According to the NCI, there are more than 100 types of cancer. Common types of cancer include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Melanoma and Skin cancers
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Sarcoma
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

Whatever type of cancer you have, even if it’s not on this list, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits. Therefore, we recommend that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options for Social Security disability income. You’ll need this income if you lose current employment and future potential income due to your illness.

Common Types of Cancer Treatment

Did you know that the treatment for cancer itself can cause you to be unable to work? These treatments are needed for cancer, but unfortunately, some can cause terrible side effects, including fatigue and illness.

Common types of cancer treatment include:


Surgery is a treatment option used for cancer prevention, diagnosis, staging, primary treatment, debulking, and relieving symptoms or side effects. When you are using surgery as the primary treatment, you are essentially treating the cancer by removing it completely from the body. Types of cancer surgeries include: Cryosurgery, Electrosurgery, Laser Surgery, Mohrs Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, and Natural Orifice Surgery.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses radioactive energy to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation Therapy is commonly used to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, and other tumors. Types of Radiation Therapy include External Beam Radiation Therapy and Internal Radiation Therapy.


Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill rapidly growing cancer cells. Chemotherapy is commonly used to treat breast cancer, lung cancer, and leukemia. Chemotherapy can be given in many ways, including: oral, intravenous (IV), injection, intrathecal, intraperitoneal (IP), intra-arterial (IA), and topical.

Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Income?

If you have cancer and have paid into Social Security, you may be entitled to disability income. The amount of income you receive will depend on the severity of your disability and the amount that you have paid in Social Security taxes over the years.

If you are unsure of your eligibility or uncertain about the next steps to take, do not hesitate to contact us. Hankey Marks & Crider understands that you likely have many questions. We are here to listen to you. We understand your situation, and we are here to help you come up with the best course of action to take.

Why Should You Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

If you have cancer and meet the qualifications for Social Security disability benefits, you should receive the benefits that you are eligible for. You may be eligible for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it difficult to apply for benefits, and they tend to deny a lot of applicants as well. Denial rates continue to increase as more and more people are applying to receive benefits.

You likely already know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a difficult government bureaucracy to communicate with or get any sort of help from. Social Security offices are bombarded daily with paperwork and applications. Therefore, you should work with a lawyer familiar with the ways of the SSA. A knowledgeable attorney can deal with the SSA on your behalf and make progress in areas where an individual working on their own might not.

Attorneys also know how to make effective application for their clients to obtain Social Security benefits. These applications are complicated to complete, and requests for benefits are denied if the forms are not filled out correctly. A lawyer can ensure that your application is complete and ticks all the SSA boxes.

Furthermore, the attorneys of Hankey Marks & Crider know how to appeal SSA’s decision if you were denied Social Security disability benefits. You should never automatically assume that there is no further action you can take if you were denied benefits. You should hire an experienced attorney in this situation so that they can formulate a case for your appeal.

How Can Hankey Marks & Crider Help You?

You should be focusing on your recovery. You should not be focusing on the tedious process of obtaining Social Security benefits for your disability. The Indianapolis Social Security Lawyers at Hankey Marks & Crider have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you with applications and appeals. Let us do all the hard work for you, just as we are trained to do. Contact us online or call us now at (317) 634-8565 for a free consultation.