Social Security Compassionate Allowances
The process of applying for disability benefits can take a long time. With filling out the paperwork, building your case, appealing the decision of the Social Security Administration (SSA), fighting for your rights and finally getting approved for benefits, it can take a long time to receive support. For some, this process is simply too long to bear.
That is why the SSA has an expedited process for individuals with certain medical conditions. If you or a loved one has been struggling to get the benefits and support you need, please contact an experienced Los Angeles Social Security Disability lawyer at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office for more information. We are here to help.
What is the Compassionate Allowances List?
The SSA has a “Compassionate Allowances List,” which includes cases that do not require special criteria to qualify for disability benefits. These are cases that involve such severe impairments that there is no question that the applicant will qualify for benefits and begin receiving support right away.
You do not have to apply to be on the compassionate allowances list. When the SSA goes receives disability applications, they look for people who may qualify for expedited processing. Decisions are based solely on the statements of your physical status. If you believe you qualify, you can help SSA employees recognize your claim as eligible by writing “Compassionate Allowance Claim” at the top of your application.
Expediting the Process in Los Angeles
You can speed up this process even more by providing proof of conditions that have disabled you.
Your medical information should include lab results, screenings and doctor’s notes. For example, if your case involves cancer, the biopsy report is the most important form of evidence you can provide. A hospital discharge summary or a letter from your doctor can be helpful as well.
The complete compassionate allowances list can be found on the SSA website. Medical issues on the list are serious and life-threatening conditions including:
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Early-onset Alzheimer’s
- Mesothelioma. Applicants receiving compassionate allowances often do not have long to live, which is why it is crucial that their application goes through right away.
Timely Help and Support
Compassionate allowances cases often go through in days instead of months. The point of the program is to get people the money they need quickly. If you are in the process of applying for disability benefits, make sure you have an attorney by your side that can help increase your chance of approval. You are entitled to support and a disability attorney will fight to make sure you get it. Call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office at (800) 438-7734 for a no-cost consultation.