We know that receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most harrowing experiences one can ever have. The road is fraught with health, financial, and family challenges and you may find yourself in need of expert legal advice. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and need legal assistance, resources are available for free. Whether you need assistance getting treatment or want to understand your rights, we have put together some legal aid services to help you on your way. In this article, we will talk about three invaluable resources that offer free legal advice for cancer patients:
National Cancer Legal Services Network
The National Cancer Legal Services Network is dedicated to providing cancer patients with resources and advocates in the fight for treatment, recovery, and preserving patient dignity.
Cancer treatment is not only expensive but it also has a range of legal considerations that require the input of trained experts that the National Cancer Legal Services Network has on file and is ready to help connect patients.
Whether dealing with insurance companies, employment, housing, or future care and treatment, the NCLSN offers one of the most varied and comprehensive approaches to legal resources specifically created for cancer patients.
Cancer Legal Resource Center
A part of the Disability Rights Legal Center, a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to advocating for the rights of the disabled and otherwise physically impaired, the Cancer Legal Resource Center has multiple outreach programs that are both community based as well as information via its website and a dedicated telephone line.
The Cancer Legal Resource Center tasks itself with relieving patients of the worry over estate planning, employment issues, treatment directives, and other issues that come up with a cancer diagnosis.
This is part of a holistic process aimed at the patient’s recovery and preservation of her rights. The CLRC takes a real “knowledge is power” approach and attempts to educate cancer patients on the multifaceted aspects of treatment and life during and after.
A part of the Probono.net online network, LawHelp.org is less specific than the two organizations mentioned above but it is no less comprehensive.
From assistance with filling out forms to forums where lawyers and patients interact in friendly, informative question-and-answer format conversations, LawHelp.org might take a little bit more work on the patient’s part but definitely has a comprehensive set of resources. One of the better aspects of LawHelp.org is its knowledge of state specific laws and programs. Sometimes this local expertise can mean the difference between a patient learning of the existence of a program or not. Like the two other resources above, LawHelp.org has an educational bent to its format but is a bit denser and more difficult to find exactly what you want. We recommend using it in combination with one of the websites listed above.
For more free services from no-cost prescriptions to assistance paying your rent, please visit Free Financial Help for Cancer Patients for an extensive list of resources to help you and your family during this challenging time.