Jan 17

Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits Using the Compassionate Allowance Program

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Despite what the media says, obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is a difficult and lengthy process. Applying for and fighting to obtain Social Security Disability benefit while battling a serious disease or illness can be exhausting. This week, the Social Security Administration announces new Compassionate Allowances conditions to ease the process for those suffering from the worst diseases or illnesses. A dozen of them are different types of cancer.

The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for obtaining Social Security Disability benefits. The Compassionate Allowances program expedites disability decisions for Americans with the most serious disabilities to ensure that they receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. The new conditions also include disorders that affect the digestive, neurological, immune, and multiple body systems.

The new Compassionate Allowances conditions include: 1.Angiosarcoma 2.Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor 3.Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction 4.Coffin- Lowry Syndrome 5.Esthesioneuroblastoma 6.Giant Axonal Neuropathy 7.Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome 8.Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma 9.Joubert Syndrome 10.Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis 11.Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent 12.Malignant Ectomesenchymoma 13.Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor 14.Marshall-Smith Syndrome 15.Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III 16.Pallister-Killian Syndrome 17.Progressive Bulbar Palsy 18.Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases 19.Revesz Syndrome 20.Seckel Syndrome 21.Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome 22.Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus 23.Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent 24.X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease 25.X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

For more information on the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowances conditions, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances. If you need help fighting for Social Security Disability benefits, contact my office at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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