Can “Compassionate Allowance” Cut Your Social Security Disability Wait Time?
The process of being approved for Social Security disability benefits is lengthy by all accounts. So what happens when your condition necessitates more immediate financial assistance? Some claimants may be eligible to submit a Compassionate Allowance case to drastically cut the time between applying and receiving benefits. Compassionate Allowances help the Social Security Administration (SSA) quickly determine the individuals who are most obviously disabled based on minimal medical data. Because of the pressing nature of the claim, claimants may find it helpful to employ a disability attorney. Applicants may sometimes misfile a claim or file a new claim instead of creating an appeal. These mistakes can be costly in terms of time, and disability attorneys can help claimants avoid them. Are you eligible for a Compassionate Allowance? The SSA keeps a running list of Compassionate Allowance conditions that claimants can refer to. If your disability is on the list, you may file for a Compassionate Allowance. Some of the specified conditions include: • Cancers, lymphomas, mesothelioma • Some rare but traumatic conditions, like Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome, or Degos Disease • Spinal or brain injuries, including strokes • Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease and certain types of dementia Much like other Social Security disability claims, the SSA may deny your request for a Compassionate Allowance. At that point it would be extremely helpful to seek the assistance of an experienced disability attorney. Attorneys can initiate an appeals process and give your claim a higher chance of success.