Because Social Security disability benefits can be difficult to obtain and the process can be long, disabled individuals may wonder if there are options available to expedite the process of applying for benefits. The answer is that, in some circumstances, there may be options available to expedite the Social Security disability application process.

One option is the Compassionate Allowances list maintained by the Social Security Administration that includes medical conditions that are considered to meet the Social Security Administration’s disability requirements by definition. Generally, these medical conditions are considered so severe that the sufferer qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. Disabled individuals who suffer from a medical condition on the Compassionate Allowances list may enjoy expedited processing of their disability claim.

The Compassionate Allowances list helps reduce the wait time for disabled individuals suffering from some of the most serious disabilities. Medical conditions that are included on the Compassionate Allowances list are certain types of cancer, adult brain disorders and some other rare disorders impacting children. It is important for disabled individuals who are seeking benefits but are suffering from a medical condition not on the Compassionate Allowances list to understand they can also demonstrate their disability through their medical records.

Disabled individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits are likely in need of help with their daily expenses and needs. As a result, it is helpful for them to be familiar with options that may expedite the processing of their claim for disability benefits. If you have questions regarding any aspect of Social Security, contact an attorney.