New Additions to Compassionate Allowances!

In an effort to continue fast-tracking decisions for individuals with the most serious disabilities, the SSA has added new conditions to their Compassionate Allowances program:

1277878 check_listThe application process for disability benefits can be lengthy; the average time spent waiting for approval can be over 300 days. Unfortunately, many individuals have serious debilitating conditions, families to care for or bills to pay and can’t afford to wait that long to receive benefits. In 2008, the Social Security Administration (SSA) introduced the Compassionate Allowances program to help individuals receive their Social Security Disability benefits sooner. In a continuing effort to expedite the process, the SSA recently announced the addition of 52 new medical conditions to the program. The new conditions, effective August of 2012, primarily include neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases.

The goal of the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program is to identify and fast-track the disability decisions for individuals with the most serious disabilities to ensure they receive benefits within days opposed to months or possibly even years. Through the use of highly developed new information technology, the SSA is able to distinguish diseases or conditions that undoubtedly meet the statutory standards for disability and quickly make benefit decisions. The disabilities included on the list of Compassionate Allowances include certain cancers, brain disorders, rare genetic disorders, immune system conditions, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and a variety of other disorders that now, with the announcement of the 52 new conditions, equal a total of 165 disorders.

To date, the Compassionate Allowances program has helped nearly 173,000 applicants receive benefits the SSA to quickly approve disability benefits for nearly 173,000 applicants. For more information or to determine if your condition is included on the list, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit their website at

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced attorneys are extremely familiar with the Social Security disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits that you deserve.

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