SSDI Compassionate Allowances: Is Your Condition on the List?

SSDI Compassionate Allowances: Is Your Condition on the List?

You may have heard how it can be very difficult to be approved for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. This is true because the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a very strict definition of “disability.” Usually, for someone’s condition to meet the SSA’s definition of a disability, they have to have a condition that will last at least one year or result in death, and the condition must be so severe that they cannot do any kind of work.

The Social Security Administration understands that not all medical conditions are the same. Some are more serious than others and even still, some conditions are so serious that they almost unquestionably meet the SSA’s definition of disability– enter the SSA’s “Compassionate Allowances.”

Compassionate Allowances Conditions

“Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits. These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children,” according to the Social Security Administration.

When someone’s medical condition is on the Compassionate Allowances list, the waiting time is reduced for the SSA to reach a disability determination. If an applicant has a serious disability that clearly meets the SSA’s standard for a disability, the individual is quickly identified by the Compassionate Allowances program, and their application will go through an expedited approval process.

Is your condition on the list of CAL Conditions? The list includes but is not limited to:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Batten Disease
  • Cri du Chat Syndrome
  • Dravet Syndrome
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Fatal Familial Insomnia
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancers
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer

If you want to learn more about the Compassionate Allowances or filing a disability claim in the Greater Plano Area, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!

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