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Social Security Disability Compassionate Allowances: A Basic Guide

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Employees who pay into Social Security Disability Insurance can qualify for financial benefits in the event that they are no longer capable of working. In order for workers to apply for this financial safety net, they must prove their disability on the basis of medical evidence. Certain illnesses, injuries, and conditions that are expected to last for at least one year are considered grounds for Social Security benefits. If you have a medical condition that is so severe that you obviously meet disability standards, you may be eligible for Compassionate Allowances.

What Are Compassionate Allowances?

In short, Compassionate Allowances is a program that obligates Social Security to hasten the disability applications of qualifying individuals. Approximately 165 severe medical conditions ranging from brain injury and heart disease to neurological disorders are considered serious enough to speed up the benefits processing. Instead of waiting for months (and possibly years), applicants whose health is most at risk can obtain their benefits quickly.

How Are Compassionate Allowance Conditions Determined?

Social Security is able to target individuals who are most disabled through objective medical information. The 165 qualifying medical conditions demonstrate a serious need for immediate medical attention. After several public outreach hearings, and through a partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the Social Security Administration was able to implement the Compassionate Allowances program to deflect the physical and emotional consequences of a lengthy disability claims process.

How Do You Apply for Disability with a Compassionate Allowance?

The Social Security Disability Insurance application can be confusing. In order to expedite your process and ensure that all necessary documents are provided, it is beneficial to work with a social security lawyer. It is important that your application clearly states and shows evidence for your Compassionate Allowances eligibility. Before you file your claim, make sure that your medical condition is listed on their website.

If you’re looking for a social security lawyer in Belleville, contact Dixon & Johnston, P.C. at (618) 207-3772 to schedule a consultation. Our lawyers will provide you with comprehensive legal representation to ensure that you get the benefits you deserve. Contact us online or call us today to learn how we can help.


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