The prospect of submitting a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be somewhat overwhelming for those who are unfamiliar with the process, particularly given the likelihood of delays and complications in the handling of one’s disability claim.
For example, you may have submitted an SSDI claim and had it outright denied by the SSA. This leaves you with a few options: resubmit the claim or appeal the denial, and potentially litigate the conflict (if the administrative process does not resolve the dispute in your favor).
If you have a severely disabling condition and have been left without adequate financial resources with which to cover your expenses, then you may be put in a uniquely vulnerable position — in such a case, you will want to ensure that you can secure necessary SSDI benefits and do so within a reasonable timeframe.
What is the Compassionate Allowances Program?
The Compassionate Allowances program was implemented by the SSA as a means to expedite the processing of disability claims for individuals suffering from conditions that are particularly severe, and that clearly qualify as a disability under the statutory definition used by the SSA. Essentially, the Compassionate Allowances program allows those individuals with the most severe conditions to “skip the line,” so to speak, and reduce the waiting period required for approval of benefits — the existence of this expedited processing initiative is justified by the uniquely vulnerable position of such individuals.
Whether you qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program depends on how your condition would be defined by medical experts. The SSA has a list of hundreds of specific conditions that — if you are suffering from — will qualify you for expedited claim processing under the Compassionate Allowances program.
Automatic Qualification for SSDI Benefits
It’s worth noting that any condition that qualifies you to expedite claim processing (pursuant to the Compassionate Allowances program) will also qualify you for disability benefits automatically. All conditions from the Compassionate Allowances list meet the SSA’s strict criteria for “disability” and therefore entitle you to benefits. Assuming that your condition actually fits one of the Compassionate Allowances listed conditions, the SSA cannot deny your claim for benefits.
Of course, the SSA may deny your claim on the basis that your condition is not actually the same as one of the qualifying conditions in the Compassionate Allowances list. For example, the SSA may argue that your symptoms are not indicative of a specified condition and are in fact unrelated. You will have to show — with the aid of thorough medical records — that you are indeed suffering from the specified, qualifying condition.
Speak to an Experienced Tampa SSDI Lawyer for Further Assistance
If you are suffering from a severe physical or mental condition that has led to you being disabled, then you may be entitled to submit an expedited claim for SSDI benefits. Assuming that your condition fits under the umbrella of eligible conditions, you will not only have your claim processed quickly, but — if everything goes well — then you will automatically qualify for benefits.
Attorney Mike Murburg has been exclusively practicing Social Security disability law for over 25 years, and has served numerous clients in that time, assisting them with the submission process, administrative appeals process, and — in some cases — all-out litigation in a court of law. If your legitimate SSDI claim has been denied by the SSA, we can challenge the denial and potentially secure benefits on your behalf.
Call (813) 264-5363 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Tampa SSDI lawyer here at the Office of Mike Murburg, P.A.