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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What are “Compassionate Allowances?”

As an experienced attorney who has helped many people in the Stockbridge, Georgia area with Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI), I can advise that it can take months (even or years) between the time SSDI applicants submit their first application and actually start receiving payments.  But SSDI recognizes that some medical conditions are so serious that applicants need to skip the usual process and start receiving assistance as soon as possible.  These special exceptions are called “Compassionate Allowances,” and medical conditions that are eligible for Compassionate Allowances include types of rare diseases, aggressive cancers, traumatic brain injuries and strokes.   
Having a medical condition that qualifies as a “Compassionate Allowance” does not mean you are eligible for a separate program, but it does qualify for a fast track through the SSDI or Supplemental Security Income process.  And like traditional SSDI applications, applicants still need to provide objective medical information that supports their claim.   

The SSDI Administration periodically evaluates the list of medical conditions eligible for Compassionate Allowances and recently added more to the list, including:

  • Angiosarcoma
  • Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction
  • Coffin-Lowry Syndrome
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Giant Axonal Neuropathy
  • Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome
  • Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma
  • Joubert Syndrome
  • Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis
  • Liposarcoma - metastatic or recurrent
  • Malignant Ectomesenchymoma
  • Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Marshall-Smith Syndrome
  • Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor - Grade III
  • Pallister-Killian Syndrome
  • Progressive Bulbar Palsy
  • Prostate Cancer - Hormone Refractory Disease – or with visceral metastases
  • Revesz Syndrome
  • Seckel Syndrome
  • Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma - with distant metastases or recurrent
  • X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease
  • X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy
  • Click here for a complete list of medical conditions that are eligible for Compassionate Allowances.

Applying for SSDI can seem overwhelming, especially if you are already faced with a serious medical condition.  Applications are often denied based on mistakes or technicalities that could be avoided if you work with someone who can help you assemble the medical records and other information necessary for a complete application. I have helped many Georgians successfully compile their SSDI applications over the years, and I am well-versed in the SSDI process.  Working together, I can ensure that you have a strong application that is properly submitted and positions you for the best possible outcome.   

For more information on this topic, email Casey Crumbley at  or call him at (770) 957-3937.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have an uncompromising commitment to serving our clients and our community. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.


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