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SSA adds 25 more compassionate allowances

http://www.ssa.gov/news.htm#cal

1.      Angiosarcoma

2.      Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor

3.      Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction

4.      Coffin- Lowry Syndrome

5.      Esthesioneuroblastoma

6.      Giant Axonal Neuropathy

7.      Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome

8.      Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma

9.      Joubert Syndrome

10.     Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis

11.     Liposarcoma- metastatic or recurrent

12.     Malignant Ectomesenchymoma

13.     Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor

14.     Marshall-Smith Syndrome

15.     Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor- Grade III

16.     Pallister-Killian Syndrome

17.     Progressive Bulbar Palsy

18.     Prostate Cancer – Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases

19.     Revesz Syndrome

20.     Seckel Syndrome

21.     Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome

22.     Small Cell Cancer of the Thymus

23.     Soft Tissue Sarcoma- with distant metastases or recurrent

24.     X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease

25.     X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy

With these 25 conditions, there are now 225 compassionate allowances.  Compassionate allowances allow your claim to be fast tracked for a decision by Social Security and require less medical documentation.

 

Please contact me with any questions about a compassionate allowance claim or with your disability questions.

How quickly can my Social Security disability claim be approved?

Yes your Social Security Disability claim can be approved very quickly.  I have had client’s approved within 30-45 days.  In fact, I just received an approval letter, on an initial claim filed May 11th, dated June 12th.  That is 32 calendar days and 21 business days and a very relieved client.  It is not unheard of or even rare.  Despite popular belief, Social Security wants to approve any claim they can at the initial and reconsideration levels.

How do you get approved that quickly?

1. Provide detailed and consistent information in your application.  While not every claim can be decided quickly, you do not want to lose your opportunity by leaving something out or giving Social Security contradicting or confusing information.

2.  If your case is terminal (expected to result in death, even if it is not immediate), meets a listing, or is one of the 165 compassionate allowances tell Social Security in your application.  Not once, not twice, but at every opportunity.  This includes when you talk to someone from Social Security.  Tell them “I have metastasized cancer”.  Social Security can miss these flags and reminding them will help to make sure your case is properly expedited.  When I talk to Social Security for my clients, I confirm with Social Security that each claim has been properly flagged.  I flag many all Stage III and Stage IV cancers as terminal automatically, regardless of prognosis.

3.  Do not list your symptoms as what is disabling you, list the conditions you have been diagnosed with.  I see many initial applications where a claimant states that they are disabled by back pain, knee pain, and trouble breathing.  When in fact the claimant has Degenerative arthritis, herniated disks with nerve impingement, and COPD.  By listing your conditions, you are tipping off those reviewing you claim to look for specific information in your records and specific tests.

4) Probably the number one thing you can do to speed up your claim is to give Social Security with your medical records with your application.  Depending on your claim, you may not need all of your records, only specific laboratory tests or findings that indicate the severity of your claim, like the pathology report showing you have cancer.  Even if you have a claim that may need to go to hearing  to be approved, by providing any medical records you can to Social Security will significantly speed up your claim at the initial and reconsideration levels.

So yes, Social Security can make a decision on your claim in a very short time.  But to do so, you must properly present your case from the moment you apply.  Do not wait longer, sometimes years,  for your benefits when you do not have to.  I can help you determine if your case is likely to be approved at the initial or reconsideration levels and can take the burden of applying and dealing with Social Security off your shoulders.

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