The Social Security Administration (SSA) often takes its time in processing disability benefits applications. Many applicants don’t have their request for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits approved on the first attempt and may ultimately have to appeal their case.
Some applicants can’t wait as long as it typically takes the SSA to render a decision. This is particularly true for applicants who have been diagnosed with a terminal condition where they don’t have much longer to live. If this describes you, you may be able to have your application for SSD benefits fast-tracked under the SSA’s compassionate allowances program.
There are a number of conditions that may qualify you to receive benefits under this expedited review program. Among them are heart disease, certain immune system or neurological disorders and cancer.
Is approval for compassionate allowance automatic?
If your health is quickly declining, then you might expect the SSA to have a system in place to automatically approve your request for SSD benefits the moment that you apply for them. That’s not necessarily the case, though.
The SSA may take as long as 15 days to review and issue a decision on whether to award you benefits. While this may not seem like a quick turnaround, many prospective SSD recipients wait months or years for a response from the SSA on their applications for benefits. It should be noted that there’s generally only a 5% denial rate for SSD benefits under the compassionate allowance program.
Are you eligible for compassionate allowances expedited processing? You’ll want to carefully review the qualifying requirements to see if you are. Since applications for SSD benefits are often rejected, you’ll want to be cautious when applying for benefits to ensure this doesn’t happen to you when you need help the most.