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What are 'Compassionate Allowances?'

| August 26, 2015

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Filing for disability can be a scary thing. You probably planned on working in your set career path until retirement. No one envisions their future as one where they have an illness or disability that doesn’t allow them to work, until it happens to them. While you can file for disability on your own, a legal representative can explain all of the nuances of filing and the process it entails. If you’re looking for an Athens lawyer who specialize in disability claims, Morgan & Morgan offers free consultations to people who are in need of help.

Filing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability can be a complicated and long process. If your issue falls under the criteria of “Compassionate Allowances,” your claim can be fast-tracked to get you relief in a much shorter period of time.

According to the SSA, What Are Compassionate Allowances?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a list of “Compassionate Allowances” which include illnesses and ailments that automatically qualify a person for disability. This list is updated on a periodic basis, so it’s important to keep informed as to the current status of their list. To be eligible for disability, the condition you suffer from must render you completely disabled, or unable to perform any kind of duty that will keep you gainfully employed. If your illness or disability is one of the many included on the “Compassionate Allowances” list, it’s important to make that clear in your application for disability. A “Compassionate Allowance” application is pushed ahead of the many disability claims that do not fall under that specification.

Because the SSA updates this list periodically, filing a claim for a condition that’s not currently on the list does not mean your condition won’t be added at a later date. It’s important for you, or your representative, to check the SSA’s updates regularly to adjust your claim should you become eligible for “Compassionate Allowance”. A regular disability claim can often take more than a year, while “Compassionate Allowance” claims might only take one month or two. There is a significant difference in the time frame and your ability to seek aid.

Do You Believe Your Disability Falls Under The “Compassionate Allowances” Umbrella?

If you are currently seeking to file for disability and you believe that your condition should fall under “Compassionate Allowances,” an attorney can help you determine your eligibility and streamline the application process on your behalf. The law firm of Morgan & Morgan can offer you a free consultation to discuss your case today!

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