Definition of Terminal Illness
A terminal illness is a medical condition which is expected to result in a person's death. If a worker has a terminal condition and they are no longer able to work they may automatically qualify for certain types of disability benefits. For example, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cases for the terminally ill claimants may be expedited, assuming the worker meets the nonmedical requirements for SSDI.
Consider, also, if you have a terminal condition which was exacerbated by your work environment you may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits. If you die, your spouse, minor children and sometimes your parents may be able to receive certain death benefits including lost wage compensation or burial benefits.