compassionate allowances

Social Security Disability Rule Extended to Expedite Compassionate Allowances Claims

by Staff | September 17th, 2014

If an injury or illness has left you unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. But it’s important to remember that it can take time for your claim to be processed.

Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicates the wait time for a decision to be reached on disability claims may be longer than one year, despite the agency having a goal of processing all new claims in a fraction of that time.

To help alleviate the backlog of unprocessed disability claims, the SSA has announced it will extend the expiration date for a rule enacted to expedite the claims process for certain applicants. A press release states the regulation allows state agency disability examiners to approve or deny claims without receiving the approval of a medical or psychological consultant in cases that fall under either the Quick Disability Determination or Compassionate Allowances processes.

The rule was set to expire on Nov. 15, but has been extended until Nov. 13, 2015. Officials hope extending the expiration date will allow the SSA to speed up their approval process by permitting medical staff to focus only on cases that require professional opinions.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how complex the Social Security Disability process can be and are hopeful this extension will help expedite the processing of claims.

What Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff | July 18th, 2014

There are millions of Americans who are unable to work because they suffer from mental or physical conditions, leaving them with limited resources for income. Help is available to many of these individuals through Social Security Disability benefits, but many U.S. citizens continue to question what conditions will necessarily qualify for the program.

There is currently a list—known as the compassionate allowances— of more than 200 conditions that automatically qualify for expedited processing of a disability claim. These conditions have been recognized as extremely serious and commonly lead to an approved Social Security Disability claim.

If your condition is not listed as a compassionate allowance, there is still hope; however, your case may face more scrutiny. The Social Security Administration requires extensive proof that your condition:

  • Prevents you from continuing the work you once did.
  • Leaves you unable to preform a different job.
  • Will persist for longer than one-year or is expected to result in death.

If your condition falls under these standards, you may qualify for benefits. It’s important to remember there are never guarantees of an approved claim, considering as much as 70 percent of Social Security Disability cases are initially denied.

This is why it’s crucial to have a Social Security Disability lawyer by your side through each step of the claims process. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our legal staff can help guide you through the Social Security Disability system. So get in touch with us today for a free consultation of your case.

How You Can Reduce Social Security Disability Processing Wait Times

by Staff | April 30th, 2014

Estimates show the amount of time an individual may wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to reach a decision on their disability claim can now exceed 400 days. This is the longest wait time the agency has reported since 2010.

Statistics like this one leave many applicants searching for ways to beat this wait time to get access to the benefits they deserve. Luckily, the Social Security disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have some tips.

The firm explains the SSA has a list of conditions allowing an individual to receive expedited processing of their claim. The list, known as the Compassionate Allowances, includes conditions such as certain cancers, autoimmune diseases, and some mental conditions.

Veterans may also qualify for expedited processing of disability claims. The Houston Chronicle reports that any veteran deemed 100 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be eligible for the new program. Experts say hundreds of thousands of soldiers may benefit from the program.

The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain even with the expedited processing of  claims, you should consider speaking with an experienced attorney about your case prior to filing. We are available to help by calling 1-866-684-7216 today.

Social Security Disability Conditions: Prostate Cancer

by Staff | April 28th, 2014

Nearly 200,000 men in the United States have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the most common form of cancer among American men today. For many, the condition will leave them unable to work and struggling to secure a resource for income. While prostate cancer may qualify sufferers for Social Security Disability benefits, the process of securing an approval for cancer disability claims can be difficult.

A social security disability claim can become bogged down for many reasons, but one of the most common is a lack of adequate documentation surrounding a claimant’s condition and treatment. To combat this issue, the Social Security Administration recently added prostate cancer to a list of conditions called Compassionate Allowances that can receive expedited processing through the disability system. The move allows those suffering from prostate cancer to receive faster access to benefits, which can be crucial considering for patients who are terminally ill.

According to The Houston Chronicle, the most recent numbers show the compassionate allowances program is a success, as more than 200,000 disabled workers have had their claims processed through the new system successfully.

The Social Security disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the move to add prostate cancer to the list of Compassionate Allowances. The firm would also encourage anyone considering applying for Social Security Disability or who has a claim that was denied in the past to speak with an attorney to see if their condition has been added to the list as well.

Compassionate Allowances: A More Efficient Way to Receive Benefits

by Staff | June 10th, 2013

June 10, 2013

With record breaking numbers of Americans receiving Social Security Disability Benefits and long wait times while Social Security Administration (SSA) processes claims, many disabled citizens are seeking more efficient way of receiving assistance. What many don’t realize though, is that they may qualify for having their benefit claim expedited.

Typically, the average claim can take up to a year to be processed. Furthermore, a claimant is required to have pages of records from doctors and hospitals documenting every detail of the patient’s diagnosis.

In response to these issues, the SSA created a program called Compassionate Allowances. The program works by allowing those who suffer from certain debilitating conditions that can lead to death to have their claim automatically approved through a streamlined claim process. Hundreds of conditions now qualify for the program.

The goal of compassionate allowances is to quickly get those most in need of assistance from the government the help they’re owed. So far, hundreds of thousands of citizens have been approved for benefits through the campaign.

The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the importance of getting the disabled the benefits they need in a timely manner. The firm urges those considering applying for benefits to look into whether or not their condition qualifies as a compassionate allowance.

Social Security’s List Of Compassionate Allowances Grows

by Staff | January 2nd, 2013

January 2, 2013

Last month, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Michael J. Astrue, announced that 35 additional conditions would be added to a list that allows for those suffering from certain diseases and conditions to receive expedited benefits. According to a press release from the agency, the list now tops 200 ailments.

The list, known as the Compassionate Allowances, allow those processing Social Security claims to quickly determine that a person is suffering from a condition that qualifies for benefits without having to receive the individual’s full work and medical history. The individual is then put on what is known as a “fast-track” to receive Social Security Disability benefits that could come within weeks of filing a claim. Some of the conditions that are now part of the list include certain cancers, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), schizophrenia, and autoimmune diseases.

The program was established in an effort to alleviate the massive backlog of claims that has built in recent years. Experts say that currently, more than one million claims are in some sort of holding pattern awaiting approval from the system. This holdup can often result in patients not getting the care they need in a timely manner.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say anyone who has a Social Security claim they are preparing to file or a claim that has been denied should discuss their case with a qualified attorney.

Compassionate allowances speed up SSDI

by Staff | May 10th, 2012

May 9, 2012

Lou Gehrig disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, is one of Social Security’s “compassionate allowances” according to The State Journal Register.

May is national ALS Awareness month. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spine. Each year more than 5, 600 people are newly diagnosed with ALS.

People who have ALS meet the medical criteria for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

The Compassionate Allowances program, which was started in 2008, identifies claims where the nature of the applicant’s disease meets the statutory standard for disability and can be based on objective medical information that can be obtained quickly.

Social Security announced 52 new Compassionate Allowances conditions to the growing lists of severe medical conditions that qualify for expedited medical decisions. They include many neurological disorders, such as ALS, cancers, and rare diseases.

Based on minimal medical information, Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security Disability to quickly identify the most obviously disabled individual for allowances.

With the new ones added, the Compassionate Allowances list is now up to 165 diseases.

That list continues to grow as Social Security, the National Institutes of Health, and patient organizations help identify new conditions that clearly warrant quick approvals.

If you or someone you know needs help with Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

What Are the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances?

by Staff | October 3rd, 2011

Did you know that there are 100 diseases and medical conditions that may qualify you or a loved one to receive Social Security disability benefits more quickly than other applicants–without having to go through the often-taxing and long-lasting application process?

It’s true.

Per the agency: “Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information. Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security to quickly target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly.”

The agency calls these conditions its ‘Compassionate Allowances Conditions’ and introduced them in December 2007. As recently as July, it added 12 new conditions to its Compassionate Allowances List (CAL). Each of the new listings pertains to a specific cardiovascular condition.

“We have an obligation to award benefits quickly to people whose medical conditions are so serious they clearly meet our disability standards,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. “We are now able to do precisely that for 100 severe conditions. By definition, these illnesses are so severe that we don’t need to fully develop the applicant’s work history to make a decision. As a result, Social Security has eliminated this part of the application process for people who have a condition on the list, and we can award benefits much more quickly.”

View the complete list of Compassionate Allowances conditions here.

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Which conditions do you think are missing from the Social Security Administration’s list of compassionate allowances? Are there any conditions that you think don’t belong on the list ?

If you need help with your Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

Social Security Disability: Do you qualify for compassionate allowance?

by fst | February 24th, 2011

February 24, 2011

If you have applied for Social Security Disability, you understand that it can be an arduous process. However, the Social Security Administration has identified a list of conditions that are so serious that they will pre-qualify for disability payments, according to the Social Security website.

These conditions are known as compassionate allowances and are a way of quickly identifying individuals in need. This process allows those in dire need to receive their Social Security Disability payments in an efficient manner.

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Recently a public hearing was held to discuss cardiovascular disease as an addition to the compassionate allowance list. Do you think cardiovascular disease should qualify as a Social Security compassionate allowance?

If you think you may qualify for Social Security Disability, the Social Security lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help you.