Sometimes you need benefits, and you need them now. But the application process for some benefits is lengthy. For example, it generally takes a minimum of six weeks to get approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – if you are approved. And that’s a big “if.” In fact, Social Security rejects the majority of first-time applications. If you need SSDI benefits, talk to a disability lawyer about the compassionate allowances program.
A Fast-Track to Benefits
To receive SSDI benefits, you first submit an application to the Social Security Administration (Social Security). That alone can be time-consuming. You have to complete the application, provide a ton of data, and submit documents and records that support your claim.
When you are seriously ill, the whole process can be overwhelming. But that does not erase the fact that you need your monthly SSDI payments.
Using Compassionate Allowances, Social Security can quickly identify people who are almost certain to meet its requirements for disability benefits. Only certain medical conditions qualify, but the list is long and includes:
- Certain cancers,
- Acute leukemia,
- Lewy Body Dementia, and
- Mitral valve atresia.
Sometimes the disease must have metastasized or be inoperable for a condition to meet the Compassionate Allowances standards.
For example, Jody recently learned she has a form of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. Her prognosis is not good, and she needs aggressive treatment. Jody and her attorney immediately applied for SSDI. She learned that her condition qualifies for SSDI under the Compassionate Allowances program.
How the Compassionate Allowances Program Works
Finally, something that’s easy about SSDI.
You do not have to apply for compassionate allowances. Instead, Social Security uses Quick Disability Determination to screen applications for keywords and diagnoses that indicate the applicant has a disease that’s included on the compassionate allowance list of conditions. Applications can be flagged for faster processing by Social Security staff.
Claims examiners who review paper applications also watch for keywords, phrases, and records that indicate compassionate allowance is appropriate.
Although applications that qualify for compassionate allowances are fast-tracked, Social Security still imposes a waiting period before benefits start.
Talk to a Disability Lawyer About Your SSDI Claim and the Compassionate Allowance Program
Rules and regulations for government benefit programs are complex, frustrating, and difficult to understand. When going through the application process, it helps to have someone in your corner.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have the experience and ability to take on your case. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. We assist clients throughout Southern California from our home office in Anaheim.