Many people are probably intimidated when considering the prospect of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) benefits. This program helps workers who have become unable to work for at least 12 months. But if you have talked with anyone or read much about SSD, you know that applying for the program's benefits can be an arduous task.
Because you need to demonstrate to the Social Security Administration that you are unable to engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), i.e. work for pay, you must show with medical evidence how your condition or injuries have left you disabled. The additional complexity with the application stems from the consideration of your working history, your education, your health and whether you would be able to perform any other type of SGA.
However, if you suffer from a condition that clearly leaves you disabled within SSA's definition, you may be able to obtain benefits much more quickly. The SSA's Compassionate Allowance initiative recognizes that severe conditions like kidney cancer leave their victims in such poor health as to make working impossible.
The Compassionate Allowance initiative may enable you to receive your benefits within a few weeks, as opposed to the years some applicants take before they obtain their SSD benefits.
There is a defined listing of conditions that qualify for the compassionate allowances, and you can review the list to determine if you are eligible. To qualify, your medical records and tests would need to clearly show that you have a condition included in the compassionate allowances.
Kirksvillesdailyexpress.com, "Social Security helps people with kidney disease," Melani Kelsey, April 7, 2015