Most people are not aware that the Social Security Administration has what is known as a Compassionate Allowances list. These are conditions that are determined to be so severe that they warrant immediate Social Security disability claim approval.
In such cases, there are usually significant medical records providing objective evidence of medical issues usually expected to end in premature, sometimes rapid, death. They include various types of cancers, such as non-Hodgkins lymphoma, acute leukemia, and adrenal cancer. They also include blood disorders, neurological disorders, brain cancers and certain autoimmune diseases. The Social Security Administration website offers a full listing of qualifying conditions.
Also eligible for expedited claim approval are children born with life-long conditions and significant disabilities. These include issues such as Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18) or NFU-1 Mitochondrial Disease. These are conditions that would make it impossible for the person to work at any stage of life. Obviously, qualifying for a compassionate allowance approval means that a person is in dire need of benefits, likely needing significant and ongoing medical treatment.
A Social Security Disability attorney can assist in determining whether your condition qualifies for an expedited claim. It is no easy task to obtain approval for a compassionate allowance claim, especially without legal representation. Your attorney can help make sure you have a complete record to submit, as well as obtain any corroborating medical source statements from treating sources. Many times, these items can make or break a claim. There are strict guidelines that must be followed regarding evidence and diagnoses. It is not recommended to file for benefits under a compassionate allowance condition without expert guidance.