Last week, the Chicago Tribune had an interesting article about the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “compassionate allowances” program, which provides a fast-track application process for disability benefits.
The Tribune reported that applicants with one of 225 of the severest medical conditions can win benefit approval within 15 days, with nearly 95 percent of those who do so being granted Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Additionally, of the 5 percent who are denied benefits, their appeals are expedited.
The news service reported that the program helped out one man, identified as Robert C., 55, tremendously. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2013 and applied for benefits in March 2013. He began collecting benefits a month later, at the same amount he would have received if he had retired at the age of 66.
“It’s helped us retain our home and helped us get back on our feet,” Robert C. told the Tribune.
About 200,000 people have received benefits through the program since it started in 2008, according to the paper. During the application process, special software alerts the SSA that a case needs to be expedited if applicants provide medical evidence, including records and recent test results.
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Unfortunately, many people who suffer from disabilities that are not a part of the “compassionate allowances” program are left waiting a significant amount of time for benefits.
On average, a standard application takes up to 86 days to process, with the majority being denied. When a denial occurs, the average waiting time for an appeal is more than 450 days.
This is why it is important to seek representation if you are disabled and need to apply for benefits. Our attorneys understand the SSDI appeals process and can walk you through each step. If you do receive a denial, do not get discouraged—contact us today.
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