In an effort to get disability benefits started as soon as possible in certain cases of obvious disability, the Social Security Administration established a system of compassionate allowances. This is a list of conditions Social Security has identified as being so severe that they would automatically meet their definition of disability. Most of these are rare disorders such as Gaucher’s disease or cancers, like pancreatic cancer. Most are fatal. The initial list of compassionate allowances contained 50 conditions, however, in March of this year, an additional 38 conditions were added. If you are alleging disability based on one of these conditions, there is a special review that takes place in order to get a decision out as quickly as possible.
As I stated above, most cases will not fall under the compassionate allowance category. But just because your specific disability is not covered by the compassionate allowances does not mean that you are not entitled to benefits. Your disability is just as real. Please contact us if you have any questions about your disability case.