Social Security Compassionate Allowance

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SSDI Alternatives for those Suffering from Debilitating Ailments

Social Security Disability, while an important benefit, is also notoriously difficult to obtain. The process of getting approved for disability can take months and is often frustrating to those suffering from true medical conditions that make working impossible. However, some medical conditions are considered to be so severe that even the government recognizes that quicker action must be taken, and an alternative to the traditional Social Security Disability application process, known as Compassionate Allowances, exists.

Our Morristown Social Security Disability lawyers at The Terry Law Firm have helped clients apply for and receive benefits for more than 50 years, and are here to assist you.

Compassionate allowances are for those who have:

  • Rare diseases
  • Cancers
  • Other debilitating ailments

Compassionate Allowance List

Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security offices to quickly identify the most disabled individuals who have such severe medical conditions that only minimal objective medical information is needed to establish their existence. Unlike the traditional process, Compassionate Allowances allow qualifying individuals to “fast track” through the application, and people who meet the criteria can be approved much more quickly in recognition of the severity of their ailments.

In order to qualify for Compassionate Allowances, you must have one of the 88 rare diseases or cancers on the current CAL list:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Alexander Disease (ALX)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer
  • Astrocytoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Canavan Disease (CD)
  • Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
  • Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Farber’s Disease (FD)
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia (FRDA)
  • Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
  • Picks Disease
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gaucher Disease (GD) – Type 2
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Tumor)
  • Head and Neck Cancers
  • Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Krabbe Disease (KD)
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS)
  • Liver Cancer
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD)
  • Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) – Type A
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) – Type II
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma
  • Pleural Mesothelioma
  • Pompe Disease – Infantile
  • Rett (RTT) Syndrome
  • Salivary Tumors
  • Sandhoff Disease
  • Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, or Uterus)
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – Types 0 And 1
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Ureter Cancer
  • Alstrom Syndrome
  • Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
  • Ataxia Spinocerebellar
  • Ataxia Telangiectasia
  • Batten Disease
  • Bilateral Retinoblastoma
  • Cri-du-Chat Syndrome
  • Degos Disease
  • Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Edwards Syndrome
  • Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva
  • Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
  • Glutaric Acidemia Type II
  • Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Familial Type
  • Hurler Syndrome, Type IH
  • Hunter Syndrome, Type II
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa, Lethal Type
  • Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses
  • Leigh’s Disease
  • Maple Syrup Urine Disease
  • Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Mucosal Malignant Melanoma
  • Neonatal Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, Infantile Type
  • Niemann-Pick Type C
  • Patau Syndrome
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
  • Sanfilippo Syndrome
  • Subacute Sclerosis Panencephalitis
  • Tay Sachs Disease
  • Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Type 1
  • Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
  • Walker Warburg Syndrome
  • Wolman Disease
  • Zellweger Syndrome

If you have one of the diseases listed on the Compassionate Allowances impairment list, you do need to complete the Social Security Disability application, and you should let your claims processor know that you have one of the conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list. Not all employees of the SSA are familiar with the list, and you want to be sure your condition is flagged for review by those who do understand the program.

Contact Our Morristown Social Security Disability Lawyers Today

If you need assistance with a Social Security Disability claim, our Morristown attorneys at The Terry Law Firm are ready to help. We know what documents to file, how to file, and the right steps to get claims approved. Call us now at (423) 586-5800 and schedule your free initial consultation.