Can a Cancer Diagnosis be the Basis for Awarding Disability Benefits?

Many individuals suffering from cancer wonder if they can receive Social Security Disability benefits. Fortunately, this is one of the most straightforward sections of the Listing of Impairments, or “Listings.” Listings are a kind of shortcut to disability. They allow for a finding of disability without considering vocational factors such as the ability to perform past work. Listings usually require many specific requirements to support a finding of disability. This is generally not true for some cancers. 

Many different cancers, or ...

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Supreme Court Rules in a Case Involving Testimony by a Vocational Expert

The US Supreme Court recently ruled on a case involving a longstanding rule out of the Seventh Circuit that required a vocational expert (VE) to provide the data supporting his/her testimony. If the VE could not provide such data, or refused to do so, that testimony would not be considered “substantial evidence” to support an unfavorable decision. In a narrow ruling, the Court struck down ...

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