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What is a compassionate allowance?

| Feb 9, 2021 | Firm News

If you applied for Social Security Disability in Indiana, you might have to wait weeks for the office to approve your claim. However, some people don’t have time to sit around and wait for benefits. For this reason, the Social Security Administration offers a compassionate allowance for certain diseases and conditions.

What is a compassionate allowance?

A compassionate allowance lets you skip the usual waiting period for collecting Social Security Disability. If you’re suffering from a disease or condition on the compassionate allowance list, the SSA will give your application higher priority. This means that if your application is approved, you can start collecting benefits as soon as possible.

The compassionate allowance list includes serious conditions like ALS, terminal cancer and childhood diseases. When someone is diagnosed with one of these conditions, they might only have a few years to live. To qualify for a compassionate allowance, you might have to submit proof that you or your child is suffering from one of the diseases on the list. A Social Security Disability attorney may be able to help you submit an application and start collecting benefits.

How can you get SSD benefits as soon as possible?

The SSA is infamous for its slow approval rates. Sometimes, it takes weeks for the SSA to view your application, only to deny it because you made a filing error. If you’re suffering from an illness or injury that makes it impossible to work, you don’t have time to wait for SSD to kick in.

An attorney may help you file quickly and potentially receive a response within the next few days or weeks. If you qualify for a compassionate allowance, your attorney may help you provide evidence so that the SSA can prioritize your application.