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What Are SSD Compassionate Allowances?

There is usually a long backlog of applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits that creates a lengthy wait for many applicants. The Social Security Administration (SSA) implemented the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008 in an effort to reduce the wait for people with conditions that clearly qualify as disabilities under the program’s definition.

The SSA uses the same rules to evaluation Compassionate Allowances conditions that it uses in SSD programs. When a person proves they have a Compassionate Allowances condition, a disability benefits application can be processed in a matter of days instead of weeks or months.

If you believe that you could be entitled to SSD benefits because of a Compassionate Allowances condition, you need to make sure to consult with an experienced disability lawyer about your situation. You can boost your chances of getting your claim approved quickly when you hire an attorney to assist you.

The Terry Law Firm has offices in Morristown and Greeneville, and serves clients all over Tennessee. You can have us explore all of your legal options with you when you call us or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

What Are Compassionate Allowances?

Compassionate Allowances refer to diseases and other medical conditions that satisfy the SSA’s standards for disability benefits. Compassionate Allowances also allow for a quicker application process, as an agent for the SSA will begin with the medical condition to see if it qualifies for Compassionate Allowances.

When a person’s medical condition does not qualify for Compassionate Allowances, they may still be able to file for Quick Disability Determination (QDD). The QDD process allows the SSA to expedite its handling of disability benefit applications for “cases where a favorable disability determination is highly likely, and medical evidence is readily available.”

Compassionate Allowance List

The SSA currently lists 237 conditions that qualify for Compassionate Allowances. Examples of the conditions on the list include:

  • Many types of cancer
  • Early onset Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Certain coronary conditions
  • Certain rare diseases

It is important to note that if you do not see your particular condition currently listed, the SSA is continuously in the process of revising and adding to this list.

You can even submit the name of a condition for consideration by the SSA. When you submit a potential Compassionate Allowances condition, the SSA will evaluate the information, gather additional medical information when necessary, refer the medical information for review, and notify you of its decision. You will need to submit your contact information, the name and any alternate names for the condition or disease, a description of the condition, diagnostic testing, and the onset, progression, and treatment of the condition.

How The Terry Law Firm Can Help

Do you think your medical condition might qualify you for the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program? Give yourself the best possible chance of getting the benefits you deserve by hiring the compassionate, experienced SSD professionals at The Terry Law Firm.

Call us or contact us online to set up a free consultation.