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What are Compassionate Allowances?

Millions of people in the United States are waiting for the Social Security Administration to make a decision on whether they qualify for disability benefits. In many of these cases, the decision hinges on whether the SSA considers the applicant's condition disabling or not.

However, determining disability is not always an issue. In fact, in some cases, a person's condition so clearly meets the definition of disability that it is a Compassionate Allowance condition or disease.

What is the Compassionate Allowances program?

In accordance with the CAL program, the SSA identifies applicants who have conditions that are obviously disabling and then puts their application through an expedited approval process.

In this program, decisions are made more quickly so that applicants can start receiving their benefits sooner.

What are some common types of conditions on this list?

Many of the conditions on the list of CAL conditions are cancers and genetic disorders. These conditions are typically aggressive and very difficult to treat; in many cases, there is no cure and the illness is fatal.

A full list of CAL conditions can be found here.

It is important to note that this list is always changing and expanding. The SSA routinely reviews submissions and information from members of the public, advocacy groups and scientific experts on conditions that warrant consideration.

What this means for people applying for SSDI in Florida

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits in Florida and you suffer from CAL condition, it is important that you provide the proper information on your application to secure expedited status.

If your condition is disabling but not on the list of CAL conditions, there are other ways to avoid costly delays and denial of benefits, which you can explore with an attorney.

In either case, having the help of a legal representative can help you secure the benefits you deserve. You do not have to navigate this complicated system alone.

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