There are a lot of medical conditions that can leave an individual unable to work. Some medical issues affecting mental health, the skeletal system and the immune system are just a few that may leave an individual disabled. Coping with the physical realities of one of these disabling conditions can be challenging in and of itself, but the stark truth is that these individuals often struggle to find the financial resources needed to adequately treat their medical condition and maintain everyday stability. The Social Security disability system may provide relief to those who qualify, but the fact remains that securing these benefits can take a significant amount of time, especially if an initial claim is denied and an appeal is warranted.

Fortunately, those who suffer from the most serious of medical conditions may automatically qualify for Social Security disability benefits through what is known as a compassionate allowance. Medical conditions that qualify as a compassionate allowance are those that by their very definition meet the requirements for disability benefits. Many types of cancer qualify for compassionate allowance.

Once the Social Security Administration identifies a claim that may qualify for a compassionate allowance, it streamlines the determination process, thereby allowing a claimant to receive a decision much more quickly. This often leads to the speedy award of benefits. However, the Social Security Administration still needs medical evidence demonstrating that a claimant does, in fact, suffer from a qualifying condition before benefits will be awarded.

Social Security disability benefits can be a financial lifesaver for many individuals who suffer from debilitating medical conditions. However, recovering these benefits isn’t always easy. To best ensure that a claim is based on strong legal arguments and increase the likelihood of succeeding on a claim, disabled individuals may want to think about working closely with a legal advocate who is experienced in this area of the law.