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September 29, 2021

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict medical criteria that an individual must meet to automatically qualify for  disability benefits. However, some medical conditions warrant a faster claim approval and faster access to disability benefits. This blog discusses the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances list, how it works, and how Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., can help you with your disability claim. 

Social Security Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed to support yourself, including help you understand Compassionate Allowances. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

Compassionate Allowances allow the SSA to quickly identify medical conditions that meet the SSA’s standards for disability benefits. These conditions include adult brain disorders, rare disorders that affect children, and certain kinds of cancer, to name a few. Through using advanced technology, the SSA can easily and quickly identify claims that meet the Compassionate Allowances criteria and make a prompt decision. 

To select conditions to include on the Compassionate Allowances list, the SSA takes public comments, guidance from scientific and medical experts, research data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and information from public outreach hearings regarding conditions to potentially include on the list. Conditions are added as feedback and data are received. 

Conditions On The Compassionate Allowances List 

There are more than 200 conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list. Among those conditions are acute leukemia, adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Lewy Body dementia, and liver cancer. To qualify, you will need to provide supporting medical documentation that confirms your diagnosis of one of the conditions on the list. The Compassionate Allowances program was started in 2008, and at that time, it had only 50 medical conditions included. By 2012, more than 200 listings were included. A dozen more conditions were added in 2021, making 254 total conditions on the list. Through the program, more than 700,000 people have been awarded disability benefits. 

Many kinds of dementia, including Parkinsonism Dementia Complex are included with the list. Many cancers, including bladder cancer and breast cancer with distant metastases that are unresectable or inoperable are also included on the list. Congenital disorders, such as congenital lymphedema, congenital myotonic dystrophy, and congenital Zika syndrome are included. 

What Supporting Documents Do I Need for a Disability Claim? 

Just because you have a condition on the Compassionate Allowances list, it does not mean your claim will be approved. You must provide the supporting documentation and medical evidence that supports your claim. Test results, lab reports, imaging reports, pathology records, surgical notes, and any medical evidence that verifies your condition will be needed to help you with your claim if you have a condition on the Compassionate Allowances list. 

How to File a Disability Claim 

An experienced disability attorney can help you with your disability claim even if you have a condition on the Compassionate Allowances list. A lawyer will review your claim details and ensure you have the proper supporting documentation in order. The disability lawyers at Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., have helped thousands of disabled individuals maneuver the claims process and be awarded the monthly disability benefits that they need. Call today to schedule an initial consultation regarding your disability claim. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is advocating for disability benefits or a medical malpractice claim, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

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