Social Security Disability (SSD) is meant to assist those who have been sidelined from the workforce by a disability. After working for their entire adult lives and paying into the program, SSD is considered one of those programs that you hope to never use, but assume will be there just in case you need it—sort of akin to insurance.

Unfortunately, as baby boomers age and the workforce grows, more and more people are applying to receive these disability benefits, and the waiting list to be considered gets longer by the minute. Suddenly, a process that was designed to only take a few months suddenly is taking many people well over a year to get through, often only to find themselves appealing multiple denials.

When Time Is of the Essence, Compassionate Allowances May Help

For a long time, SSD applications were processed on a first come, first served basis, meaning that the claim of a person with a slipped disc could be reviewed before that of a person with an inoperable debilitating brain tumor.

Thanks to public outcry, the Social Security Administration realized that there are medical conditions that are time sensitive in terms of receiving care, and these conditions are also very clearly classified as disabilities by definition. After gathering information from the public, advocacy groups, medical experts, and other research, the Social Security Administration began the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative to speed up the application process for these individuals.

The CAL initiative applies to a list of nearly 200 conditions, including several cancers, neurological disorders, and other serious conditions. The CAL list is regularly updated with new conditions, and can be found on the Social Security Administration’s website. If you believe your condition may be included on the CAL list, you will not need to apply for disability benefits under a separate program—your claim will automatically be processed through the system more quickly.

Social Security Disability Compassionate Allowances

Do you have questions about CAL, and whether or not your condition applies? Fill out an online contact form now to be connected with a New Jersey disability attorney that can discuss your case with you in a free consultation!

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