Individuals who become injured or ill and are unable to work may be able to file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. This program provides much needed financial support for basic necessities and expenses in the event that a person should become disabled. While the financial benefits of this program can be invaluable, the waiting period for approval can sometimes be extremely lengthy – especially for those who attempt to apply on their own without the assistance of a knowledgeable SSDI representative.
While some people may be able to endure this inconvenience without much of an impact, for others, waiting may not be an option. SSDI benefits may be a person’s only source of income after an accident or sudden illness, causing them to rely on these funds to stay afloat. In situations such as these, individuals may be able to expedite their SSDI filing through the Compassionate Allowance Program.
Also known as the CAL program, the Compassionate Allowance Program created a list of more than 100 diseases and conditions that cause “obvious impairment” without the need for considerable medical examination. In simple terms, this program lets the Social Security Administration (SSA) identify those who unfailingly qualify for benefits and process their applications first. The CAL program is not separate from SSDI or SSI, but is rather an alternate way of seeking the same benefits without as much red tape to go through.
Some of the conditions included in the CAL program include:
- Several types of cancer (liver, adrenal, brain, etc.)
- Erdheim Chester Disease
- Fatal Familial Insomnia
- Leigh’s Disease
- Mixed dementias
The full list of eligible conditions can be viewed at https://www.ssa.gov/. The CAL program is constantly being updated to include new medical conditions. If you suffer from a debilitating condition not listed, do not assume that you do not qualify for CAL expedition as it may be added to the list in the near future. An representative can help maximize your chances of approval and help you gain access to your entitled benefits as quickly as possible.
If you suffer from a condition you believe warrants you to have access to your benefits sooner, the Reno Social Security Disability representatives at Disability Action Advocates can help. With more than 20 years of dedicated legal experience, we know your rights and we know how to get the results you need.
Call (888) 401-3920 or schedule a complimentary case review today to discuss your legal options.