Man With Stage IV Cancer Receives Social Security Benefits

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DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients' cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client's case.

Our client, a man with bladder cancer, had no health insurance. The cancer had not been diagnosed until it had already progressed to Stage IV. He had filed for bankruptcy, and his financial resources were very limited, so much so that he was forced to move in with his mother. Because he did not have health insurance and couldn’t afford the visits, he avoided seeing doctors as much as possible. Although he received some medical care through a charity hospital, the hospital was two-and-a-half hours away. Finding transportation and making the long trip to keep his appointments proved difficult for the client, and the additional travel time meant that his cancer treatments and follow-up appointments often kept him for the greater part of the day.

Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Helps Cancer Patient Navigate Social Security System

The man was hesitant to file an application for Social Security benefits because he was unsure about his rights and felt overwhelmed by the Social Security system. However, he contacted Attorney Barbara Mixon, with Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, for guidance. Barbara reviewed his situation and encouraged him to file an application for disability benefits. She reassured the client that he had a good case, and she helped him through each step of the process.

Social Security found him disabled in October, but Barbara believed that the evidence in the client’s case justified a much earlier onset. She took the extra steps and successfully argued that his disability began in January.

The case resulted in our client recieving a monthly income through Social Security and health insurance coverage. He received $16,000 in past-due benefits. He was able to get Medicare coverage almost immediately after the decision. Having access to Medicare coverage allowed him to see almost any doctor he chose, while he would have been very limited by Medicaid coverage. He no longer had to travel so far to get treatment or avoid getting needed treatment for fear of the resultant debt.

Attorney Barbara Mixon and the law firm of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault have a history of high favorable rates in Social Security cases, and we would be happy to talk with you about your rights. If you need assistance, our attorneys can help you get the information you need, explain what to expect, and represent you as your case moves through the process. For more information, call 800.256.1050 today, or fill out our online contact form for a prompt response.


Barbara Juneau Mixon
With over 3 decades of experience, Barbara Mixon helps clients with the Social Security Disability process.