Claims for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can oftentimes take a long time to process and many initially result in a denial. For that reason, disabled individuals seeking benefits may wonder if there are any options to expedite their claim for benefits and one option may be the compassionate allowances list in situations where it applies.
How may compassionate allowances help
The compassionate allowances list is a list maintained by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that includes diseases and illnesses that are determined to be so severe that they meet the SSA’s eligibility requirements for disability by definition. The list includes certain cancers, adult brain disorders and many rare disorders affecting children. The list is also reviewed so additional medical conditions meeting the definition of disability may also be included.
The purpose of the compassionate allowances list to reduce the waiting time for disabled applicants for SSD benefits who are suffering from the most serious disabilities. If the disabled applicant’s medical condition or the disease they are suffering from is included on the compassionate allowances list, it can potentially expedite the application process and get benefits to the disabled individual more quickly.
The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be complex and daunting at times. Even if the disabled individual is suffering from a medical condition not on the compassionate allowances list, they may still qualify for disability benefits. It is important for those badly in need of SSD benefits to be familiar with the application process and know about any options that may help them obtain the badly-needed benefits more quickly.