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How To Apply For Disability Benefits Under The Compassionate Allowances Program

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One of the challenges of filing for long-term disability is that you might need to wait a while before you will be approved and receive benefits. However, if you have one of several qualifying conditions, you may be able to have your disability claim expedited so you can receive the assistance you need.

How Compassionate Allowance Changes the Process

With compassionate allowances, you will be able to skip the education and work history portion of your application for SSDI benefits. This is because this type of information is irrelevant when deciding whether you should be qualified for the compassionate allowance program. You will not receive any additional benefits under this program other than receiving approval more quickly.

How to Qualify

If you are not sure if you will qualify under the compassionate allowance program, you'll want to speak with a long-term disability attorney. There are hundreds of conditions that can lead you to qualify for this program. 

To be able to qualify, you must prove that your condition is reoccurring and is expected to get worse over time. There must be no treatment that would benefit you or and would not cure your condition. If you are suffering from cancer, it must have spread to other areas of your body.

How to Qualify Automatically

Depending on the condition you are suffering from, you may have a very high likelihood of qualifying for long-term disability benefits. Even if you do not have a qualifying condition, a long-term disability attorney may be able to help you support that you fall under the category of needing compassionate allowances.

How Your Attorney Will Help

To prove that you qualify, you will need to have medical records that support your claim and have those records sent from your doctor to the SSA. Unfortunately, it might take time for those records to arrive and be processed, so there might still be some delays.

If you hire an attorney who has extensive experience, you increase your chances of getting approved regardless of whether you ultimately qualify for compassionate allowances. In some cases, your claim might be denied, and you may need to attend a hearing where you will then present evidence for why you should be approved.

An attorney will attend the hearing and will provide you with advice on how to effectively present your case. While an attorney will charge a fee, it is worth it if you are able to receive the benefits you deserve.