Disability applicants who suffer from certain serious diseases and medical conditions may receive an expedited decision on their benefits applications, as part of the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program. The Social Security Administration has identified about 200 rare conditions that automatically make applicants eligible for disability benefits.
Benefits decisions extended through the CAL program are to be made within days of applying instead of months or years. The CAL program makes a usually slow process move faster, but does not increase the amount of benefits. But regardless of intent, Social Security’s staggering backlog of some 990,000 disability cases can delay a CAL program application like any other disability application.
Becker Law Office helps disabled residents obtain the disability benefits they deserve. We can assist you in filing and staying on top of a compassionate allowance claim. Call us or contact us online today for a free discussion of your claim.
What is a Compassionate Allowance for SSD Benefits?
The Compassionate Allowances program fast-tracks standard Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits applications submitted by those who suffer from any of about 200 debilitating and terminal medical conditions.
Compassionate Allowances conditions include rare diseases, certain types of cancer, adult brain disorders, immune system conditions, genetic disorders that affect children, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and other disorders.
The CAL program is meant to ensure that extremely ill applicants do not have to undergo a lengthy application process before receiving benefits. Individuals with CAL conditions may receive a decision on their claim in a matter of weeks, according to the Social Security Administration.
In addition to being delayed by the volume of cases under consideration, an SSD application may be delayed if physicians are slow to submit required medical records or records do not provide enough medical evidence and the case examiner requires the applicant to undergo a medical examination.
The SSA also randomly selects claims applications as part of its quality assurance reviews of decisions rendered.
But any delayed decision about the applicant’s claim means a delay in the receipt of benefit payments by an individual who does not have the time to wait.
Contact Our Disability Lawyers About Compassionate Allowance Today
If you need a quick decision on a Social Security Disability (SSD) application and believe you qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program, a Becker Law Office attorney is ready to assist you today. If your case should be moved swiftly through the CAL program, we will work to make sure your application is complete and accurate and appropriately expedited through the system.
Becker Law Office has helped hundreds of disabled individuals and their families in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, or Tennessee obtain disability benefits they need. Contact Becker Law Office today to get work started on your case.