Even if you do not know much about the Social Security disability benefits program, you probably know this: getting a claim approved can take a long time – even more than a year in some cases.
However, the Social Security Administration realizes that in some cases, an applicant’s medical condition is so severe that the standard claim-processing time is unacceptable. The applicant is obviously disabled and is in need of benefits. To meet this need, the Social Security Administration has implemented the Compassionate Allowances Initiative.
What Is the Compassionate Allowance Initiative?
The Compassionate Allowance (CAL) Initiative was designed to help those with serious and readily diagnosable medical conditions avoid the lengthy and tedious disability benefits application process. Rather than multiple months’ wait, an application may be processed in as little as a few weeks. It is important to note that a person who has a CAL condition will not receive more money than will a person with a non-CAL disability. Instead, their application will simply be processed more quickly.
Individuals who may qualify for a compassionate allowance are those who have certain qualifying CAL conditions. The full list of qualifying conditions can be found on the website of the Social Security Administration – Compassionate Allowances Conditions. Some of the conditions listed include acute leukemia, child lymphoma, gallbladder cancer, and inflammatory breast cancer. There are over 200 qualifying diseases and conditions listed, including many other diseases besides cancer.
Applying for CAL
In order to apply for Social Security disability benefits in an expedited manner, a person with a disability will simply fill out the standard application form. The Social Security disability benefits application form can be accessed online, or filed in a local field office. If you have a qualifying CAL condition, the Social Security Administration will automatically expedite your application.
All Social Security disability (SSD) applicants who have a CAL condition may have their applications expedited, including applicants for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and applicants for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
How an Attorney Can Help You Secure Benefits Quickly
If you have a serious medical condition that makes you disabled and unable to work, receiving Social Security disability benefits is no doubt incredibly important to your life. These benefits can help you to pay your everyday costs of living while you are unable to work.
An experienced SSD attorney can help you to file your claim appropriately, with all necessary medical information, to help ensure that your claim is expedited and that you can be granted a compassionate allowance. Even if you do not qualify for CAL, an attorney can still be of assistance in helping to prepare a solid application that contains the information the Social Security Administration is looking for.
Contact a Social Security Disability Attorney Now
To get started on your SSD application and begin the process of recovering the benefits that you deserve, contact an experienced disability attorney at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP today. Request your free injury case evaluation by filling out our online form now.