It can take months to get the disability benefits you need, but what happens if you are too sick to wait?

The application process for Social Security disability is a long one, and as a result of this long application process, many people have started to complain that it just takes too long to get the benefits they need. If you are too sick or injured to work, how do you survive until your benefits come through? That is exactly why the Compassionate Allowances initiative was created back in 2008. If you suffer from 1 of the over 200 conditions that make you eligible for a compassionate allowance exception, you could get your benefits in a matter of days.

What conditions make you eligible for a compassionate allowance exception? 

Compassionate Allowances are designed for people who are severely disabled, but unlike most Social Security programs, you don’t have to apply for it specifically. All Social Security applications are reviewed for compassionate allowances. As long as you are able to provide the minimal objective information (you can provide proof that your medical condition is severe enough for disability), like a positive biopsy, your application should be put on the fast track for approval. Many types of cancers, early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Wolman Disease are just a few of the many conditions that qualify you for a compassionate allowance exception.

Compassionate Allowances make it possible for you to get your benefits in days instead of months, but like everything else in the world of Social Security Disability, it isn’t always so straightforward. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn how our disability attorney in Louisville can help.