Most people are aware that the requirements they must meet to gain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are pretty stiff. The application process is very complicated and can take a very long time from beginning to end.
In certain cases, however, disability applicants can qualify for an expedited claims process that will shorten their wait and get their claims approved. The compassionate allowance program is designed to identify the most serious disabilities and streamline the approval process.
How quickly can you receive approval via compassionate allowance?
You may be able to receive approval under the compassionate allowance program in as little as 15 days, a significant reduction in the months or years that many individuals wait to receive an answer when pursuing the standard application process for disability benefits.
Which conditions might qualify for a compassionate allowance?
Conditions that may qualify you to receive a fast-tracked review of your record vary significantly. Cancer, heart disease, neurologic disorders and immune system conditions are some of the many situations on the compassionate allowance list. The government uses an algorithm to try to identify cases that meet clear-cut definitions of disability or are terminal in nature so that they can be sped along.
Is the approval of compassionate allowance applications automatic?
There’s no guarantee that you’ll qualify for a compassionate allowance. The SSA has a 5% denial rate in place for these applications. Anyone who has their application denied may qualify for an expedited appeals process.
Do you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?
The Social Security Administration is notorious for not approving valid applications for disability benefits. An attorney can advise you what information is necessary to ensure that you get a fair review of your file. Whether you qualify for a compassionate allowance or not, working with an experienced advocate can help make the claims process easier to manage.