Disability can strike any person, young or old. For example, a young adult in Birmingham might be paralyzed in a car crash, or a middle-aged adult can suffer Stage four cancer. These conditions, and many others, can cause a person to be permanently unable to work. When this happens, the disabled person may want to pursue Social Security disability benefits. However, these benefits can take a long time to come through, and if your lifespan is limited you may wonder if there is any way to expedite the process.
What qualifies a person for SSD benefits?
SSD benefits are awarded in the following circumstances. First, you must have held a job in which you paid into the Social Security system. Second, you must have a documented disability that meets the requirements for that disability as stated in the SSD’s “Blue Book.” Third, you must be unable to work for a year or longer due to your disability and you must be unable to perform any other type of work due to your disability. Finally, your disability must be predicted to last at least one year or be fatal. Unfortunately, it can take a year or more to finally have your application for benefits approved, especially if you must appeal a denial.
Is there a way to expedite the SSD decision process?
If you feel you clearly have a medical condition that qualifies you for SSD benefits, you may wonder whether there is any way to have your application expedited. The Social Security Administration recognizes that some medical conditions by nature qualify as a disabling condition, and thus those who have them will qualify for benefits. This is known as the “Compassionate Allowances” program.
The Compassionate Allowances program lists certain disabling conditions that automatically qualify a person as medically disabled. It expedites applications that fall under one of these qualifying conditions. You do not need to apply for the Compassionate Allowances program. All applications for SSD benefits will be examined to determine if they fall under the Compassionate Allowances program.
If you want to apply for SSD benefits and feel you may be a candidate for the Compassionate Allowances program, you may want to learn more about your options. It is understandable that you may be confused about applying for SSD benefits. Our firm stands ready to assist those who have questions about the SSD application process.