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SSD Compassionate Allowances

Applying for disability benefits can be a long process, with a waiting period of four to six months on average in order to get an answer on whether your claim is approved. Those who are denied benefits can wait a year for an appeal. The time can tick by very slowly as you wait to hear whether you will be able to obtain the benefits you deserve from the Social Security Administration.

In some cases, however, a disabled individual has a very severe medical impairment or condition that has such an adverse impact on their ability to work that it is clear that they qualify for benefits. Compassionate allowances exist in order to allow for fast-tracked approval of benefits.

When you have a condition that is so severe it is obvious that you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration uses compassionate allowances in order to make sure you get your benefits quickly.

The conditions that receive fast-tracked approval through SSD compassionate allowance are those that invariably qualify a person for benefits and that can be easily proven with minimal objective medical information. In other words, if you have a condition that will clearly qualify you for benefits and you only need some basic medical records to prove it, then you could be eligible for a fast-tracked approval of your claim.

The list of conditions that qualify for compassionate allowances are determined by the Social Security Administration using information and input obtained at public outreach hearings. Medical experts, scientific experts and researchers from the National Institutes of Health also weigh in on what conditions qualify for compassionate allowances.

What Types of Conditions Can Qualify for Compassionate Allowances?

There are currently 200 conditions that can qualify for compassionate allowances. These include but are not limited to:

  • Many forms of cancer
  • Acute leukemia
  • Adult non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Adult-onset Huntington’s disease
  • Alveolar soft part sarcoma
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Aortic atresia
  • Bilateral retinoblastoma
  • Carcinoma of unknown primary site
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) – blast phase
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) – adult
  • Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • Endometrial stromal sarcoma
  • Endomyocardial fibrosis
  • Follicular dendritic cell sarcoma
  • Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy
  • Heart transplant graft failure
  • Heart transplant wait list
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Hydranencephaly
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) recipient
  • Malignant multiple sclerosis
  • Merosin deficient congenital muscular dystrophy
  • Mitral valve atresia
  • Myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers syndrome
  • Obliterative bronchiolitis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Primary cardiac amyloidosis
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity – Stage V
  • Single ventricle
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) – Types 0 and 1
  • The ALS/Parkinsonism dementia complex
  • Transplant coronary artery vasculopathy
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy

A complete listing of all conditions that can qualify you to obtain benefits under SSD compassionate allowances can be found on the website of the Social Security Administration.

What Benefits Can I Receive Under Compassionate Allowances?

Compassionate allowances are not a separate benefits program, but instead are simply a shortcut for obtaining benefits without going through the usual extended application process.

Compassionate allowances can allow you to move more quickly through the application process for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The benefits that you receive when approved are the same that you would have received if you had gone through the full process of applying with any medical condition.

Do You Qualify for a Compassionate Allowance? Talk to Our Lawyers

Applying for Social Security disability benefits is always challenging. If you have a condition serious enough to qualify for a compassionate allowance, your medical condition is a severe one and you need benefits quickly without having to deal with a lot of legal hassle.

The Lexington Social Security disability lawyers at the Frank Jenkins Law Office are here to help you get the benefits you deserve. Give us a call today at 859-389-9344 or contact us using our online form for a free consultation and claim evaluation.