Applying for disability benefits is a lengthy process, with an average wait time anywhere from three to five months before you even hear back on your claim. Unfortunately, if you have a severe medical condition, you may not have time to wait to get approval and start getting disability income.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that there are certain conditions that clearly qualify applicants for benefits. The SSA also realizes that people with those conditions really need to get benefits right away. To streamline the application and allow for fast-tracked approval of these claims, the SSA has developed a list of Compassionate Allowance Conditions. The SSA has maintained the Compassionate Allowances List for a long time, but has recently announced that some new conditions have been added to this list.
If you are disabled and you cannot work due to your health problems, disability lawyers at Hansen Dirani & Associates Law Office will help you to determine if your condition qualifies as a Compassionate Allowance Condition. An attorney can also assist in applying for benefits with any covered condition or in appealing benefits denials.
Compassionate Allowance Conditions Added to the List
Compassionate Allowance Conditions are medical problems that can be conclusively diagnosed with medical testing, rather than conditions that require subjective judgment. Conditions must cause severe impairment that makes work impossible and must be long-term or likely to end in death.
There were 200 illnesses and impairments that were listed as Compassionate Allowances Conditions prior to the recent SSA update. The SSA has added 25 new conditions, including digestive disorders, neurological conditions, immune conditions and cancer. The new Compassionate Allowances Conditions include:
- Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
- Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
- Coffin- Lowry Syndrome
- Giant Axonal Neuropathy
- Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome
- Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma
- Joubert Syndrome
- Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
- Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent
- Malignant Ectomesenchymoma
- Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
- Marshall-Smith Syndrome
- Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III
- Pallister-Killian Syndrome
- Progressive Bulbar Palsy
- Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases
- Revesz Syndrome
- Seckel Syndrome
- Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome
- Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent
- X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease
- X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy
Patients suffering from these medical problems can submit proof from a qualified treating physician. The application review will be expedited and it should be possible to begin receiving benefits within days or weeks, rather than waiting for months or even years to get approval of your disability claim.
Having your condition listed as a Compassionate Allowance Condition not only makes the process of applying easier but it also virtually ensures you will be approved. With more than 50 percent of standard disability claims denied, this is another major advantage to those who are seriously ill.
Almost 200,000 people nationwide have already taken advantage of the expedited Social Security Disability process made possible by the Compassionate Allowance List. The new additions will make it possible for more disabled individuals to have their claims approved in a timely manner without the stress and uncertainty of a normal disability application. Once approved for benefits, you can receive monthly income and may also get medical coverage through Medicaid if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income.
Disability lawyers at Hansen Dirani & Associates Law Office can help with your SSD claim. Call 877-583-0700 or visit www.callhansen.com today to schedule your consultation.