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What are compassionate allowances for Social Security disability?

Obtaining Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can be an exhausting process for disabled individuals who may need the benefits the most. One option that may help disabled applicants expedite the process of applying for benefits is the compassionate allowances list. SSD applicants should know what it is.

The compassionate allowances list

The Social Security Administration maintains a list that is referred to as the compassionate allowances list that is a list of impairments that are considered to, by definition, meet the SSA’s standards to qualify for disability benefits. Applying for SSD benefits because of an impairment included on the list can allow for expedited processing of the disabled applicant’s claim. The list is considered to be a way to quickly identify diseases and medical conditions that qualify for disability benefits. Included on the list are certain cancers, adult brain disorders and rare diseases impacting children.

Even if the disabled applicant suffers from a disabling medical condition that is not included on the list, they can still apply for, and potentially receive, Social Security disability benefits. Suffering from a medical condition included on the list may allow for expedited processing of the disabled applicant’s claim but disabled individuals who suffer from a medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working, but may not be included on the list, can also apply for disability benefits.

Guidance when claiming disability benefits

Social Security disability benefits can help disabled individuals with their daily needs and concerns. For that reason, and because the applicant process for SSD benefits can take a great deal of time and applicants may often face an initial denial, it is helpful to be familiar with any option that may help to expedite the process to get the benefits they need.

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