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A Guide to Social Security Benefits in Cases of Terminal Illness October 3, 2018

East Garden City, Hempstead
A Guide to Social Security Benefits in Cases of Terminal Illness, Hempstead, New York

When illness strikes, it can be devastating to families both emotionally and financially. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and your family does not receive Social Security benefits, this program helps to provide financial stability. Here is what you need to know to determine whether this is a possibility in your case.

Who Qualifies?

The Social Security program provides benefits to individuals who are disabled, which is defined as being unable to work for at least 12 months or having a condition which results in death. After a terminal diagnosis, most qualify according to the administration’s guidelines. The likelihood is even higher if you or a loved one require hospice care.

Who Can Benefit?

Social Security BenefitsAn individual will receive their Social Security benefits directly while they are living. After death, surviving family members can also receive up to 75% of these funds monthly. In general, a minor child qualifies for this type of support, as does an elderly or disabled spouse. An attorney can help you understand who is entitled to this compensation.

How Do You Apply?

The application process for Social Security benefits is expedited for patients in hospice care or who have a confirmed diagnosis of a terminal illness, allowing for almost immediate financial relief. You can complete the initial application process online for your convenience. If you have difficulty with the paperwork, aren’t sure of the answers to some questions, get denied, or want to increase your chances of success, then enlist a lawyer for guidance.


Bronnberg & Henriquez PC in Garden City and Bayside, NY, provides skilled legal aid to clients coping with illness, injury, and disability. With over 30 years of combined experience, they advise clients throughout New York City, Queens, the Bronx, and Nassau County to help them obtain Social Security benefits, personal injury settlements, and other financial compensation for medical claims. To start the process, call (718) 714-8542 today or reach out online for a free case evaluation.

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