Social Security Disability: Compassionate Allowances

Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are the Social Security Administration’s “way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information.” The Compassionate Allowance program was designed to allow applicants with serious medical conditions to receive their benefits more quickly.

The Compassionate Allowances program fast-tracks disability decisions and is supposed to ensure that if you have one of the most serious disabilities that you will receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months or years.

The Compassionate Allowances program has helped SSA approve “disability benefits for nearly 61,000 people with severe disabilities in the past fiscal year, and nearly 173,000 applications since the program began.”

The Compassionate Allowances initiative identifies claims where the nature of the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets the statutory standard for disability. With the help of sophisticated new information technology, the agency can quickly identify potential Compassionate Allowances and then quickly make decisions.

Social Security launched the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008 with a list of 50 diseases and conditions. The announcement of 52 new conditions, effective in August, will increase the total number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to 165. The conditions include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, a number of rare genetic disorders of children, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, immune system conditions, and other disorders.

As a New Orleans Social Security disability attorney, I am glad to see additional conditions added to the compassionate allowances list. Hopefully, this will help those in most need of disability benefits get them sooner and with much less delay than going through the entire disability process, which can take months (in the best cases) to years (in the worst cases).

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you may not need a disability lawyer to help you get the benefits you need and paid for throughout your life. But if you have questions or concerns, you should speak with an attorney familiar with Social Security Disability.

52 Compassionate Allowances conditions were added effective August 11, 2012, increasing the list from 113 to 165.

The added conditions were:

  1. Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome
  2. Alobar Holoprosencephaly
  3. Alpers Disease
  4. Alpha Mannosidosis – Type II and III
  5. Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Site
  6. Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis
  7. Child Neuroblastoma – with distant metastases or recurrent
  8. Child Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – recurrent
  9. Chondrosarcoma – with multimodal therapy
  10. Cornelia de Lange Syndrome-Classic Form
  11. Ewing Sarcoma
  12. Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma – metastatic or recurrent
  13. Fucosidosis – Type 1
  14. Galactosialidosis – Early and Late Infantile Types
  15. Glioma Grade III and IV
  16. Hepatoblastoma
  17. Histiocytosis Syndromes
  18. Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
  19. Hydranencephaly
  20. Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis Syndrome
  21. Hypophosphatasia Perinatal (Lethal) and Infantile Onset Types
  22. I Cell disease
  23. Infantile Free Sialic Acid Storage Disease
  24. Juvenile Onset Huntington Disease
  25. Kufs Disease Type A and B
  26. Lissencephaly
  27. Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis – Grade III
  28. Malignant Brain Stem Gliomas – Childhood
  29. Malignant Melanoma – with metastases
  30. Mastocytosis Type IV
  31. Medulloblastoma – with metastases
  32. Merkel Cell Carcinoma – with metastases
  33. Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome
  34. Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
  35. Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation – Type 1 and Type 2
  36. Obliterative Bronchiolitis
  37. Ohtahara Syndrome
  38. Orthochromatic Leukodystrophy with Pigmented Glia
  39. Pearson Syndrome
  40. Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Classic Form
  41. Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease-Connatal Form
  42. Peripheral Nerve Cancer – metastatic or recurrent
  43. Perry Syndrome
  44. Rhabdomyosarcoma
  45. Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata
  46. Schindler Disease Type 1
  47. Smith Lemli Opitz Syndrome
  48. Spinal Nerve Root Cancer-metastatic or recurrent
  49. Stiff Person Syndrome
  50. Tabes Dorsalis
  51. Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
  52. Xeroderma Pigmentosum

A full list of allowances can be found at Hopefully, if you have one of these conditions, you will not need a Social Security disability attorney to help get your case approved. If you should need assistance, call Loyd Bourgeois for a free case evaluation at 985-240-9773.

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