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Can I Fast-Track my Social Security Disability Application?

Sometimes New Yorkers find that waiting for their Social Security disability claim to be approved is a real hardship.  If you or your loved one has a serious cancer, acute leukemia, brain injury, or other serious disorders then waiting around for an application to be processed isn’t really an option.


Fortunately, there is help for you or your loved one.  The Social Security Administration has a process to fast-track applications for individuals with disabilities so serious that they obviously meet the medical criteria.  The program is called “Compassionate Allowances” (CALs) and permits applicants in need to receive benefits more quickly, as quickly as a few days after the application is received.  CAL cases are similar to Terminal Illness (TERI) cases, although a CAL case does not have to be terminal for the applicant to qualify.


What conditions are covered by CAL?


To fast-track your SSD application under the Compassionate Allowance program, you must have one of the diseases or medical conditions recognized by the CAL program.  At this time there are about 50 conditions and diseases on the CAL list, and more may be added over time.  You can view this list at the SSD website by clicking here.


Covered conditions include Acute Leukemia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), serious bladder cancer, serious breast cancer, adult Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), child brain tumor, esophageal cancer, gallbladder cancer, liver cancer, serious ovarian cancer, salivary tumors, thyroid cancer, and more.


More information about the CAL process


If you have one of the CAL diseases or conditions, then you fill out and submit your application.  All you have to do is state that you have one of the CAL conditions and your application will be processed quickly.  A CAL case is different from a “Quick Disability Determination” (QDD) case in that there are no points on a CAL application – you simply must have one of the qualifying CAL disorders.


If your case is selected as a CAL case, you won’t be told this by the SSA – but if you ask then they will tell you.  The first step is for the SSA to obtain additional information from you about your claim.  This information can include verifying contact information, identifying current treating sources and scheduled appointments, requesting assistance in obtaining medical evidence from treating sources, obtaining information about activities of daily living (ADLs), and more.


The SSA will then follow up with whoever is providing your treatment for medical evidence of your disability.  Once your disability has been verified and the severity of your disability determined, then your claim will be processed.


If you are having problems with your Social Security Disability claim and need the assistance of an attorney, please contact the law offices of Markhoff & Mittman.  Our attorneys will make sure that you receive the assistance that you need.


Markhoff & Mittman, P.C.

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