The Social Security Administration recognizes that there are certain medical conditions that very obviously meet disability standards. These conditions are generally given something called compassionate allowances. This is a provision of benefits given to the applicant as quickly as possible so that they do not have to suffer through the application process for long periods of time while dealing with the condition. Some of these serious medical conditions include:
- Acute leukemia
- Bone cancer
- Small cell lung cancer
- Canavan disease
- Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
Unfortunately, there are only about fifty conditions on the list for compassionate allowances. While this is a good start, and the list is still growing, there are people in the country who need disability insurance right away. These people may not have a condition that is on the list for compassionate allowances. This means that they have to go through the entire application process, which could take months, or even years.
If you have a medical condition that does not yet qualify for compassionate allowances, you may be in just a difficult a time as the people who do qualify. Unfortunately, because your condition is not on this list, you will not be able to collect benefits until you have gone through the application process. This is highly unfortunate as it means that you could be going for a very long time without the benefits that you need.
When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, it is a very good idea to have an attorney help you with the process. If you or someone you know is trying to obtain SSDI benefits, contact the Indianapolis social security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.