Social Security Disability Benefits: Compassionate Allowances

November 19, 2015

Applying for and getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can take as long as 18 months to two years. Filing an application, filing an appeal, attending hearings and working with your disability attorney take considerable time, effort and energy. If you are someone whose health condition obviously meets disability standards, Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are a way of identifying conditions under the Listing of Impairments quickly based on the barest minimum of medical information. The CAL was put in place in order to allow the SSA to quickly identify the most obviously disabled applicants and approve them for benefits as quickly as possible after they have applied.

How to get a fast disability decision under the Compassionate Allowances program

If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that is already on the CAL list, you may be able to get approval for benefits from the SSA in less than one month from the date when you first applied. If you can get your medical records submitted to the SSA promptly this can help move your application along quickly.

Medical conditions that qualify for Compassionate Allowances

The Social Security Administration website contains a complete list of all 200 diseases that qualify for Compassionate Allowances. In order to compile this list of medical conditions, the SSA obtained input from public outreach hearings, medical experts, National Institutes of Health researchers and scientific experts to lend their expertise in determining which conditions should qualify for compassionate allowances.

Some of those conditions include:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Adult Onset Huntington Disease
  • Breast Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
  • Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer – inoperable or unresectable
  • Liver Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

The Compassionate Allowance program is meant to be a shortcut for those who have life-threatening illnesses that clearly qualify for disability benefits. There are mechanisms in place to move these applications quickly through the process, but you must still apply and provide the medical evidence required to prove your condition. Even when using the Compassionate Allowance program, applying for SSD benefits can be a frustrating, complicated process unless you have the support and assistance of an experienced Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyer on your side. At the law firm of Larry Pitt & Associates, we know that you are ill, unable to work and that you need your benefits to be approved quickly. We can help.

If you would like to know more about how a Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyer can help you apply for a compassionate allowance, please contact Larry Pitt & Associates. We proudly serve clients in and around Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.