Your father was diagnosed with late onset Huntington’s disease about six months ago, and since then his condition has gotten steadily worse. His memory comes and goes. Sometimes he seems perfectly in control, and the next he can barely walk straight. However, the one thing that hasn’t taken a blow is his stubbornness. On the days that he’s coherent, he makes a fuss about going to work and providing for his family. Sadly, his employer fired him about a month ago for failure to complete his tasks.

Since then, you’ve been diligently working to have him apply for disability, and thankfully, he agreed. It has now been two weeks since you filed his application, but you haven’t heard anything back yet. The research you did on your own explained that it could take up to three months to get a decision.

Unfortunately, your father’s medical bills and house payments are quickly falling behind from a lack of funds. Due to his mental decline, it’s impossible for him to get any other type of income, so how is he supposed to feasibly wait for disability?

Does the Social Security Administration have any special circumstances to help those that suffer such debilitating diseases?

Compassionate Allowances: Helping Disability Sufferers With Extreme Conditions

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a duty to provide benefits quickly to those applicants whose medical conditions are classified as extreme. An extreme condition is considered so serious that it obviously meets disability standards, and therefore negates the need for lengthy qualification tests. This specialized process is referred to as Compassionate Allowance (CAL) identification.

CALs help to quickly identify common diseases and conditions that invariably qualify under the SSA listing of impairments, without needing objective medical information. For many conditions, the disability process requires medical documentation and reports from condition specialists. These reports can usually take a lot of time to obtain and must contain:

  • Verifications of the diagnosis
  • Severity of ailment
  • Condition effects
  • Physical and mental restrictions

However, Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security to target the most obviously disabled individuals based on their condition and provide special allowances for objective medical information that they can obtain quickly. Therefore, CAL can cut the qualification and eligibility process down from three months to a few weeks since these claims don’t need detailed…

  • Reports
  • Outlines of the condition
  • Research into outcomes
  • Evidence of natural degenerative reactions

Since the Social Security Administration already has knowledge and a list of key conditions that it considers to fall into the exceptionally serious category, those who suffer these ailments are eligible to receive their benefits faster than those who don’t.

Don’t Wait in Line When Time Is Running Out

Your condition, or the condition of a loved one, could be severe enough that it should be covered under the Compassionate Allowance consideration. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case. We can help make sure that you filed your claim properly, and that the SSA is evaluating it with due consideration for CAL. The longer you’re forced to wait, the worse the outcome. Don’t waste time you don’t have—call now to start the process and get your disability faster.

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John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer