Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss the Expansion of Compassionate Allowances

January 27, 2014

Many individuals who are unable to work due to physical or mental conditions depend on Social Security Disability benefits for income. The approval process for these benefits can be complicated by long wait times that could stretch for months or even years. A program called the Social Security Disability Compassionate Allowances hopes to address these problems.

Compassionate allowances can qualify individuals suffering from one or more ailments on the list for expedited approval. The Social Security Administration says this streamlined process can reduce the wait time on disability claims to just a few weeks, compared to the months or years it can take for typical claims to be processed.

A press release from the Social Security Administration says the list of qualifying conditions was recently expanded to include an additional 25 conditions, such as several types of cancers, and genetic, digestive, neurologic, and autoimmune disorders.

Officials say they are hopeful the expansion of compassionate allowances will continue to help the agency reduce the backlog of unprocessed disability claims. Currently, more than 200,000 claims have been processed under the list of compassionate allowances.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton understand how confusing the rules regarding Social Security Disability benefits can be. That’s why the firm would encourage anyone considering applying for benefits to discuss their case with an attorney.

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