Compassionate Allowance- Do you Qualify?Brad Thomas Law
Social Security has created a program to assist individuals with either rare and/or terminal conditions where the prognosis is very poor. The diseases we see most are many forms of cancer (especially terminal cancer), early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and many other rare conditions. If you have been diagnosed with these terrible conditions, you are probably not used to any good news. Fortunately, there is some help if you are applying for Social Security disability. Social Security has a “Compassionate Allowance” program which fast tracks disability for these conditions. If you have any of the listed conditions, you are automatically eligible for expedited processing (provided the disability reviewer with the Social Security administration is aware that the condition falls under a Compassionate Allowance).
The full list of conditions is here: https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm
Very recently, the Social Security Administration added some additional conditions, including: Charlevoix Saguenay Spastic Ataxia (ARSACS), Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, CIC-rearranged Sarcoma, Congenital Zika Syndrome, Desmoplastic Mesothelioma, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – Adult, Pericardial Mesothelioma, Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma, Renpenning Syndrome, SCN8A Related Epilepsy with Encephalopathy, SYNGAP1-related NSID, and Taybi-Linder Syndrome.
If you, or your child, have any of these conditions, you now qualify for expedited determinations regarding disability. You should think about applying for disability because of the severity of these conditions.
What if my condition does not meet the criteria, but then I get worse?
We sometimes see cases that do not technically qualify as a Compassionate Allowance at the beginning stages, but eventually progress into a much more severe condition. This can occur in unfortunate cases of cancer progression. You should contact your lawyer, or the Social Security administration if you do not have a lawyer, to inform them of your worsened medical conditions. It will be helpful to obtain your medical records proving the worsening condition. Examples would be CT or PET scans showing metastatic cancer, neurological testing showing worsening Alzheimer’s, or other medical records showing that a condition would now qualify. An attorney can assist you with this.
If I have a condition that is a Compassionate Allowance condition, will I immediately get paid?
While SSA will expedite the application, there is still a waiting period for the claim to be processed. Please be aware that for payment of Title II disability benefits, there is still a 5 month waiting period from the day you become disabled and to begin receiving benefits. Medicare benefits will not begin until 24 months after the date you become disabled. SSI applicants are paid from the date of application.
What if my condition is not listed?
The Social Security Administration is consistently researching new conditions that may be severe enough to qualify as a compassionate allowance. If you think the Social Security Administration should consider a condition that you or a loved one suffers from, you can submit it for consideration at this website: https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/submit_potential_cal.html
Even if you do not have a condition that constitutes a compassionate allowance disability, you can certainly still be found disabled if your condition prevents your from working. The Law Office of Brad Thomas has represented individuals who are Compassionate Allowance cases as well as cases that are not on this specific list. An attorney skilled in Social Security Disability can assist you with your claim. Please contact the Law Office of Brad Thomas if you need assistance with your claim.