Waiting on a Social Security Disability claim can be agonizing. When you depend on this program to give you the benefits you need for your treatment and care, the months or even years it can take to get a decision on your case can be frustrating. What’s worse, a simple clerical error or paperwork mistake could cause your claim to be denied, and the overwhelming majority of claims are denied on their first attempt or submission.
Thankfully, government legislators have come up with a workaround. Back in 2008, they introduced the Compassionate Allowance Program as a way of expediting SSD claims under certain conditions. On this blog, we’ll explain how this program works and what it takes to qualify for it.
The Purpose of Compassionate Allowance
When you’re suffering from a serious condition that qualifies you for social security benefits, there is unfortunately no way of differentiating your case from the rest of the thousands of applications that may or may not qualify. As such, it used to take months or even years for those affected by these conditions to receive their benefits, even though their case was pretty cut-and-dry in regards to whether or not it would be accepted.
The Compassionate Allowance program is designed to help those individuals have their case expedited and jumped to the front of the line so they don’t have to wait in line behind all of the other cases that would otherwise hold them up. If your condition or disease meets standards for disability set by the Social Security Administration, the Compassionate Allowance program allows your case to be decided quickly so you can start receiving benefits in a fraction of the time a normal petition takes, sometimes as little as just 10 days!
Qualifying for Compassionate Allowance
In order to qualify for the Compassionate Allowance Program, you must have a condition that’s on the approved list set forth by the Social Security Administration. This list is fairly small and specific, and includes many different types of cancer, ALS, some types of muscular atrophy or dystrophy, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and a few others.
In the case of the most serious issues, such as esophageal cancer or ALS, a simple diagnosis backed up by medical supporting evidence from your doctor automatically qualifies you for Compassionate Allowance. Sometimes the illness needs to meet a certain severity criteria in order to qualify. For example, most cancers don’t actually qualify you for Compassionate Allowance unless they have progressed into later stages.
Petitioning for Compassionate Allowance
If you believe you qualify for Compassionate Allowance, it’s critical that you take two very important steps. First, talk to your doctor and obtain as much documentation about your condition as possible. You’ll want to provide evidence to show what condition you have, when the onset date of your condition was, how it has affected you, and what stage your condition is currently in (if applicable). You will need to submit this information to the Social Security Administration in order to have your case considered for expediting.
Second, you’ll want to speak with a Richmond social security disability attorney. An attorney can tell you whether or not your condition qualifies you for expedited benefits based on the current approved conditions list, go through your documentation with you to see if anything that may be important is missing, and assist you with filling out the correct paperwork and making sure there are no errors that may cause your request to be denied.For more information about the Compassionate Allowance program or assistance with applying for Social Security Disability benefits, talk to the attorneys at Harbison & Kavanagh by dialing (804) 823-2050 today!