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What is an SSDI Compassionate Allowance?

Applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a grueling process that can drag on for years. When you’re suffering from a devastating disease or medical condition that leaves you in pain and prevents you from working, the last thing you want is to waste time wading through red tape—you need help as soon as possible. That’s where Compassionate Allowances come in. If you have a particularly serious condition, your SSDI application may qualify for expedited processing through the Social Security Administration (SSA) Compassionate Allowances program.

Compassionate Allowances are made for conditions that clearly meet the SSA’s specific definition of disability, such as adult brain disorders and certain types of cancer. Examples of disabling medical problems that qualify for Compassionate Allowances include:

  • Acute leukemia
  • Adult-onset Huntington disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Farber’s disease
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Head and neck cancers (with distant metastasis, or inoperable or unresectable)
  • Lowe syndrome
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Perry syndrome

The above are just a few of the many conditions that may allow your application to be processed faster.

Another great thing about Compassionate Allowances is that you don’t have to apply for them—the SSA uses advanced software to identify applicants with qualifying medical conditions.

However, while you don’t have to fill out a special application in order to be considered for a Compassionate Allowance, it’s wise to work with a skilled Social Security disability attorney to ensure that your SSDI application is completed correctly. Doing so can help you avoid a frustrating and unnecessary denial of your claim for benefits.

We Can Help You Obtain the SSDI Benefits You Deserve

Facing a catastrophically disabling medical condition? With so much at stake, you don’t have time to learn the ins and outs of the SSDI application process. Fortunately, at O’Connor Law, our accomplished Social Security disability attorneys have extensive experience helping clients fight for—and obtain—much-needed benefits. To find out how we can assist you, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a complimentary initial consultation.

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