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What is a Social Security disability 'compassionate allowance'?

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a complex and time-consuming process, particularly if an individual's initial application is denied and the person must appeal the Social Security Administration's decision. Unfortunately, these delays can cost disabled individuals in Philadelphia more than just money -- they could cost their health or even their lives.

Therefore, individuals wishing to apply for disability benefits may wonder if there is any way to expedite the process. Indeed, the SSA has determined that certain diseases will most likely qualify under the agency's definition of disability. To this end, the SSA has created what is known as "compassionate allowances."

First of all, an individual who wishes to be considered for a compassionate allowance does not need to fill out any specific form to do so. The person should just use the standard means for applying for Social Security disability benefits. If the SSA determines that the applicant's condition qualifies for a compassionate allowance, that individual's application may be expedited. However, it is important to keep in mind that even if an individual's disability qualifies the person for a compassionate allowance, this doesn't necessarily mean that the individual will receive additional benefits above what the SSA deems is appropriate.

Nevertheless, the compassionate allowance system can be beneficial for individuals in Philadelphia with severe disabilities. It can help them get the benefits they need to cope with living with a disability. Individuals in Philadelphia who need to learn more about SSD benefits and the compassionate allowance system can bring their questions to an attorney, who may be able to provide legal advice.

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