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.
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.