Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

What are SSD compassionate allowances?


Going through the process of qualifying for Social Security disability benefits can be tiring. The adjudication process can be long and drawn out, especially when a denied claim needs to be appealed. This can be frustrating on many fronts. After all, disabled individuals who suffer from an injury or illness that leaves them unable to work need financial assistance in order to make ends meet. This can be especially hard to deal with when an individual suffers from a severe medical condition that, on its face, is obviously disabling.

Fortunately, these individuals may be able to receive SSD benefits much quicker than they would if they were to pursue the tradition claims adjudication process. The Social Security Administration has a compassionate allowance program, which seeks to quickly identify medical conditions that are obvious disabilities based on easily accessible objective evidence.

This program, which provides disability benefits quickly and efficiently, is intended only for those with the most serious injuries and illnesses. For example, some individuals with advanced stages or inoperable breast and bladder cancers may qualify for the program, as will those who suffer from rarer diseases like Canavan Disease, Cri du Chat Syndrome and Hepatoblastoma.

Although compassionate allowances can prove extremely beneficial to those in need, they still require proving one's medical condition. Those who determine that they would like assistance with this, as well as those who have had their compassionate allowance claims denied, may want to discuss their case with a skilled legal professional. Appellate options may be available, and an experienced attorney may be able to help these individuals craft compelling legal arguments. Taking these steps could leave them well positioned to recover the benefits they need and deserve.

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