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Does My Condition Qualify for Expedited Benefits Under SSDI?

 Posted on June 22,2022 in Social Security disability

Milwaukee social security disability lawyersSocial Security disability benefits are designed to provide financial assistance for those who cannot earn an income through substantial work due to a medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least a year or result in that person’s death. Typically, if an application for Social Security disability benefits is approved, the benefits will begin after a five-month waiting period after the first month the person was considered disabled. This is designed to ensure the condition is a lasting disability and is serious enough to warrant benefits. However, the Social Security Administration, with input from the public and the medical community, has identified diseases and medical conditions that due to their serious nature or their lengthy or permanent disability status, will clearly meet the standards for disability. This is known as the compassionate allowance program.

Qualifying for a Compassionate Allowance

By identifying a set of diseases and medical conditions that meet disability benefits, the Social Security administration can reduce the review time of a typical case and get the benefits to individuals with the most serious conditions and disabilities much more quickly. They do not have to wait as long for a disability determination and can start receiving their benefits the month after they qualify, instead of after the normal five-month waiting period. The same rules are used by the SSA to evaluate compassionate allowance when they evaluate applications for both the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

The most common types of medical conditions or diseases that qualify for compassionate allowance include:

  • Many forms of cancer
  • Degenerative neurological disorders in adults, including Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
  • Rare disorders that typically affect children, often from birth

The list of conditions that qualify for compassionate allowances is not static. The SSA reviews new conditions and diseases for inclusion based on information from medical and scientific experts, National Institutes of Health (NIH) research, comments from the Social Security and Disability Determination Service community, and comments received from the public either through direct submissions on the SSA website or at public hearings.

Trust a Wauwatosa Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer

To talk with an experienced Milwaukee County Social Security disability claims attorney, contact Pearson Disability Law, LLC. Attorney Jonathan Pearson will help you determine whether you may qualify for Social Security disability, including whether you are eligible for a compassionate allowance. He can assist with completing the application and work to ensure that you will receive the benefits that you deserve. If there are any issues with the application or if the initial application is denied, he will provide representation through the appeal process. To schedule your free consultation today, call our office at 414-240-4801.




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