What is a Compassionate Allowance?

Basically, it’s a severe medical condition that gets fast-tracked for approval.

It’s no secret that the Disability process can take a long time. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes this fact ― and that certain debilitating diseases should be automatically approved for benefits. Some disabilities are so readily and obviously apparent that it is unnecessary to go through a long, drawn-out review.

In 2008, the Social Security Administration established a “Compassionate Allowances” program and identified dozens of severe medical conditions that warranted fast-track processing and quick approval. Today, that list has grown to more than 200 conditions and include rare illnesses, aggressive cancers and dementia-related diseases.

Individuals who suffer from a mental or physical disease that is on the list of Compassionate Allowances Conditions will have their Disability application expedited. While they will still have to provide medical proof of their condition, their claim essentially goes to the front of the line.

According to the Social Security Administration, individuals with a Compassionate Allowance Condition may receive a decision on their claim in a matter of weeks instead of months or years. The timeframe can vary depending on:

  • How quickly Social Security obtains medical evidence from a doctor or medical professional.
  • Whether a medical examination is necessary to obtain evidence to support your claim.
  • Whether your claim is randomly selected for a quality assurance review.

It’s important to point out that a Compassionate Allowance Condition does not entitle you to more money. It only ensures that benefits are approved and awarded more quickly. If you are wondering whether you may be entitled to compassionate consideration, an experienced disability attorney can help.

The Disability team at McDonald Law Firm would be glad to assist you with a free claim review. If you don’t qualify for a Compassionate Allowance, we will be glad to help you with a traditional SSD application.

Please visit our Disability FAQs page to see other questions like, What is a Compassionate Allowance?

We hope you found this information helpful. The Disability team at McDonald Law Firm understands all aspects of the Social Security Disability process. Whether you need to file an initial application or appeal a denied claim, we can help you. Call us today at 877-568-8413 or complete the form on this page.

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