This blog recently discussed eligibility for Social Security disability insurance or SSDI benefits. To better understand these benefits, it is helpful to be familiar with different ways disabled individuals may qualify. Disabled individuals may have heard that they can qualify for benefits based on a list of compassionate allowances and may have concerns about what that is.
SSDI claims are generally evaluated based on disability and work history. Disability evaluation is based on the disabled individual's medical condition and if it prevents them from working. In general, the disabled individual must suffer from a medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working and is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death to qualify for benefits. There are different ways that disabled individuals can demonstrate disability that they should be familiar with.
The Social Security Administration maintains a compassionate allowances list, which includes medical conditions that by definition meet the Social Security Administration's standards for disability to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Medical conditions on the compassionate allowances list generally include certain cancers, adult brain disorders and rare medical conditions impacting children. Medical conditions on the list are considered to clearly meet the standards for disability to qualify for benefits.
Because the wait for benefits can be long and the process can be lengthy, it is also important to note that an application for benefits that is based on a medical condition that is included on the compassionate allowances list also receives a reduced waiting time and can be processed more quickly. Those suffering from medical conditions on the compassionate allowances list are considered to suffer from the most serious disabilities, which is why it is important that they are familiar with this option when applying for Social Security disability benefits.