This post discusses Compassionate Allowances for SSA Disability. Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are how Social Security quickly identifies claimants that qualify under the Listings. In most cases, the Listings are difficult to meet, thus these claimants have severe medical conditions.

The Social Security Administration uses a five step sequential evaluation process to determine if you are disabled. The five steps are discussed here.  The Listings are Social Security’s list of conditions that qualify a claimant for benefits under Step 3 of the sequential evaluation. The Listings are discussed here.

The application process for people with a condition on the Compassionate Allowance list is the same for any other person applying for Social Security Disability. After you have filed your Social Security Disability application, a determination will be made if your case needs to be fast tracked.

SSA’s complete list of Compassionate Allowances is found here. Of note is the requirement for many types of cancer (adrenal, bladder, breast, head and neck, large intestine, non-small cell, bone, ovarian, stomach, ureter . . .) to involve metastases. In short, your cancer must have spread from where it started to another area of the body. Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)  is also on the compassionate allowance list.

In my experience, claimants whose case is identified as a Compassionate Allowance at the initial or reconsideration level receive expedited processing of their claims. The problem arises when a person has the symptoms of a disease but has not received a formal diagnosis. Another issue is for those whose diagnosis comes during the wait for their hearing. Medical records of the diagnosis should be obtained as soon as possible and forwarded to the hearing office that has the claim. In addition, a phone call to that office informing them that this case should be flagged a Compassionate Allowance is imperative.

Compassionate Allowances for SSA Disability claims are available for those that presumably meet the Listings. As mentioned above, Listings, in most cases, are difficult to meet. If you feel that you or someone you know meets a Compassionate Allowance Listing and are not receiving expedited processing for your claim, give The Bishop Law Firm a call today. We handle cases in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and surrounding areas in North Carolina.

 

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