Social Security Disability Attorney In Los Angeles

This is NOT legal advice. This blog provides general information about Social Security Disability cases. To discuss your particular

circumstances and claim, please contact a lawyer in your area. Please feel free to contact Disability Advocates Group at (800) 935-3170

or online if you have any questions regarding your Social Security Disability claim.

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Do You Have a Compassionate Allowances Condition?

Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits can take several months. If your claim is initially denied and you are forced to appeal, then the average weight time for a hearing may be around a year.  People who are seriously ill often do not have the ability to wait this long to receive benefits. b2ap3_thumbnail_woman-in-hospital-1051476-m.jpg

The Social Security Administration has developed a list of conditions that are so serious it is obvious that the patient suffering from the medical problem meets the SSA's definition of disabled. This list is called the Compassionate Allowances List. The medical conditions on the list are decided upon by medical and scientific experts; by information from Disability Determination Specialists; by information from public outreach; and with advice from the National Institutes of Health. 

If your medical problem is on the Compassionate Allowances List (CAL), the process for applying for SSD benefits is much faster and you will usually begin receiving your benefits within just a few short weeks. The Social Security Administration has published a complete list of qualifying conditions on its website.  Some of the medical problems include metastatic cancers, Adult Onset Huntington Disease, and Multiple System Atrophy. 

If you have one of the listed conditions, you can request fast-tracked approval of your disability application. You still need to provide objective medical evidence demonstrating that you have the medical problems you claim to suffer from. A Social Security Disability lawyer can help you to determine if you have a CAL condition and can help you get your benefits. 

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Some Veterans Now Eligible for Expedited Processing of their Social Security Disability Claim

It is now going to be easier for veterans to apply and receive Social Security Disability benefits.  The Social Security Administration just announced that veterans with a disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total will soon have their applications for Social Security disability benefits processed faster.

This expedited process is expected to begin in March 2014. 

 “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and it is only right that we ensure they have timely access to the disability benefits they may be eligible for and deserve,” Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin said in the news release.

In order to receive expedited service, veterans must inform the Social Security Administration that they have a 100 percent Permanent and Total disability compensation rating and show proof of this disability rating with their VA notification letter. 

This rating, however, is not a guarantee that the application for Social Security Disability benefits will be approved.  It only allows the veteran to have his/her claim processed in an expedited manner. 


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