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Compassionate Allowances for Social Security Disability Claims

The Social Security Administration has recently developed a new procedure for handling disability claims from claimants with the most severe and disabling conditions.  The new procedure allows decision-making on these claims to be "fast-tracked" (not necessarily approved) given the current Social Security backlog.  This is a welcome change for Social Security Disability attorneys who often struggle to explain to our very sick clients why Social Security can’t make a quick decision when the disability is "cut and dry".  The following is Social Security’s list of 50 disabilities that they will consider for a "compassionate allowance":  

1

Acute Leukemia

2

Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

3

Alexander Disease (ALX) – Neonatal and Infantile

4

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

5

Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

6

Astrocytoma – Grade III and IV

7

Bladder Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

8

Bone Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

9

Breast Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

10

Canavan Disease (CD)

11

Cerebro Oculo Facio Skeletal (COFS) Syndrome

12

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) – Blast Phase

13

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – Adult

14

Ependymoblastoma (Child Brain Tumor)

15

Esophageal Cancer

16

Farber’s Disease (FD) – Infantile

17

Friedreichs Ataxia (FRDA)

18

Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Picks Disease –Type A – Adult

19

Gallbladder Cancer

20

Gaucher Disease (GD) – Type 2

21

Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Tumor)

22

Head and Neck Cancers – with distant metastasis or inoperable or uresectable

23

Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD)

24

Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)

25

Kidney Cancer – inoperable or unresectable

26

Krabbe Disease (KD) – Infantile

27

Large Intestine Cancer – with distant metastasis or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

28

Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome (LNS)

29

Liver Cancer

30

Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL)

31

Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) – Late Infantile

32

Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) – Type A

33

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer – with metastases to or beyond the hilar nodes or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

34

Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency

35

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) – Type II

36

Ovarian Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable

37

Pancreatic Cancer

38

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

39

Pleural Mesothelioma

40

Pompe Disease – Infantile

41

Rett (RTT) Syndrome

42

Salivary Tumors

43

Sandhoff Disease

44

Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, or Uterus)

45

Small Cell Lung Cancer

46

Small Intestine Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

47

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – Types 0 And 1

48

Stomach Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

49

Thyroid Cancer

50

Ureter Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent

Given this time of Thanksgiving, we are thankful to Social Security for developing this new program to help the sickest claimants.  Thank you also to Geri Kahn, Esq. at the California Social Security Lawyer Blog  for first posting on this subject.  She is an asset to the disability law blogging community and I read her blog regularly. 

And of course, Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of the New York Disability Law Blog!