Individuals who suffer from a disabling injury or illness may be able to recover Social Security disability benefits to help them cover their medical expenses and lost wages. This is no small thing, as treating a disabling condition can be quite expensive, and it could leave an individual out of work for a significant period of time. That being said, successfully obtaining these benefits isn't always as easy as it may seem. In fact, many SSD claims are denied on the basis that the claimant does not meet a medical condition's requirements to be considered "disabling."
Yet, there are some medical conditions that are so obviously disabling that the Social Security Administration will expedite the process to grant SSD benefits to those who suffer from them. Through this program, known as compassionate allowances, the SSA only requires minimal objective medical information proving that a claimant suffers from the condition. Although there is no specified time for how quickly these claims are adjudicated, it is often much faster than regular SSD claims.
There are a number of medical conditions that can qualify an individual for a compassionate allowance. Some types of breast and bladder cancer, for example, will qualify as, too, will certain diseases like Batten Disease and aplastic anemia. It is important to remember, though, that in order to obtain a compassionate allowance an individual must still submit medical evidence proving that he or she has the condition.
It is an unfortunate reality that many SSD claims, including some compassionate allowance claims, are denied for a variety of reasons. Although this can be disheartening, claimants shouldn't be deterred from continuing their fight for the compensation they desperately need. Therefore, those who have had their claims denied should consider speaking with an experienced attorney of their choosing, as appellate options do exist.