Because the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be time consuming, lengthy and result in denials, it is useful for disabled individuals to be familiar with the different ways to apply. The Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical conditions under the compassionate allowances list that qualify for disability that all disabled individuals and their families should be familiar with.

Applying for Social Security Disability using the compassionate allowances list can allow the disabled applicant to receive expedited processing of their claim for Social Security disability benefits. The compassionate allowances list includes diseases and medical conditions that the Social Security Administration considers as qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits by definition. The diseases and medical conditions on the compassionate allowances list are considered to meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits based on a disease or medical condition on the compassionate allowances list can reduce the wait time disabled applicants typically experience waiting for their application to be processed. Medical conditions on the list are considered the most serious disabilities which can result in the claim being processed more quickly than it might otherwise be. Because applications for disability benefits are commonly denied, and require an appeal, it is helpful to be familiar with options to move it along more quickly.

Disabled individuals and their families should be familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and the different ways to apply for benefits, including the compassionate allowances list or demonstrating the medical condition they suffer from if it is not on the list. Preparing for the application process can help the disabled individual as they see the badly-needed benefits.