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The Social Security Compassionate Allowance List

The Social Security Compassionate Allowance List June 05, 2017

An individual with a condition that is listed on the Compassionate Allowance list will have their claim expedited. The Social Security Administration has established a goal of processing these claims within 20 days. In order to be recognized as having a condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, an individual must allege their condition in a benefits application.


While having an illness on the Compassionate Allowance List should result in individuals having their claim expedited, there are a number of factors that can protract this treatment including how quickly the Social Security Administration gathers medical documentation, whether the Social Security Administration decides that a medical examination is necessary and whether a claim is randomly selected for audit. As a result, in order to make sure that an individual is placed on the Compassionate Allowance List, it is frequently important to retain the assistance of an experienced attorney.

 The Purpose of the Compassionate Allowance List

In 2008, the Social Security Administration created the Compassionate Allowance List for individuals whose health is highly compromised. The amount of paperwork required for an application is reduced dramatically for individuals who qualify on this list. As a result, individuals frequently do not need to list information about work or education. While the Compassionate Allowance List contained 50 conditions when it was created, the list now comprised of over 200 illnesses. For some of the conditions on the Compassionate Allowance List, proof of a diagnosis of the illness is enough to qualify for expedited process through the program. Other individuals including those with certain types of cancer must present medical evidence showing significant metastases, recurrence, or a diagnosis that the cancer is inoperable.

Medical Conditions on the Compassionate Allowance List

While there are many medical conditions on the Compassionate Allowance List, some of the most common medical conditions include the following:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Adrenal Cancer with Distant Metastases
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Bladder Cancer with Distant Metastases
  • Breast Cancer with Distant Metastases
  • Child Neuroblastoma
  • Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancers with Distant Metastases
  • Heart Transplant Graft Failure
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer with Distant Metastases
  • Liver Cancer
  • Malignant Melanoma with Distant Metastases
  • Mixed Dementias
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer with Distant Metastases
  • Ovarian Cancer with Distant Metastases
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer with Distant Metastases
  • Stomach Cancer with Distant Metastases
  • Ureter Cancer with Distant Metastases

Obtain the Assistance of an Experienced Disability Lawyer

It is important to remember that an individual will receive no additional rewards after qualifying for the Compassionate Allowance, but the individual’s case will be significantly expedited. Individuals who are afflicted with a condition that is named on the Compassionate Allowance List should not hesitate to retain the assistance of a knowledgeable disability attorney. At Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC and its disability arm, Rocky Mountain Disability Law Group, our law firm has the experience necessary to navigate an SSDI claim. Our firm can be contacted at (303) 534-1958 or by filling out our quick and convenient online form.

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