Austin Compassionate Allowances & SSD Benefits
Disability Lawyer in Austin
A diagnosis of a serious illness or disability is very frightening, especially when you can’t work and don’t know how you will support yourself. The Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits program provides cash payments to people in this situation. However, you may have heard horror stories about the long waits and that most claims are denied at first.
It can be very difficult to get approved for SSD benefits. It often takes a long time (three to five months on average) just to hear back from the Social Security Administration (SSA) after making a benefits claim.
The good news is that the SSA has made special provisions for people with certain medical problems. These are called “compassionate allowances.”
At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, our experienced lawyers have helped many disabled people in Austin, Waco and surrounding areas of Texas get disability benefits as quickly as possible and with minimal stress. Whether or not your illness falls under the compassionate allowances provisions, we can help you.
Call or contact us online now to speak with an attorney about your claim. The consultation is free and there are no strings attached.
Compassionate Allowances for Disability Benefits
The SSA has identified a list of conditions that are eligible for compassionate allowances – a form of fast-tracked approval of disability benefits. There are more than 200 conditions that qualify, including most types of cancer, as well as severe neurological and brain injuries.
A complete listing of all conditions can be found on the SSA’s website. A few of the listed conditions include:
- Acute leukemia
- Adrenal cancer
- Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
- Frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
- I-cell disease
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Inoperable kidney cancer
- Menkes disease
- Pearson syndrome
- Pulmonary atresia
- Infantile type Tay-Sachs disease
- ALS/Parkinsonism dementia complex
These and other conditions are considered to be so severe that they make it impossible to work.
The conditions on the list are also medical ailments that can be conclusively diagnosed through medical testing and treatment, as opposed to medical problems that have a degree of objectivity in diagnosis. This means that if you can provide medical records to prove you have a listed condition, the SSA should fast-track your benefits approval.
You will still need to meet other qualifying criteria for receiving benefits, including having a sufficient work history for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or having a limited income and few family resources for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
However, you should not face the lengthy wait for your application to be reviewed and benefits to begin that you would if you had other medical problems not covered by compassionate allowances.
Do You Qualify for a Compassionate Allowance? Our SSD Lawyers Can Help
Can I have a lawyer represent me in applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income? Social Security Disability benefits can provide crucial income at a time when you have serious medical concerns. You need to focus on getting the treatment you need, not on dealing with bureaucratic demands.
The Bob Richardson Law Firm can help you get the benefits you deserve whether through the compassionate allowances program or through a regular SSD application. It costs you nothing to find out how we can help you.
Call us now or contact us online for a free review of your claim. We have offices in Austin and Waco*, and we help people throughout the surrounding areas of Texas get the disability benefits they deserve.