Government help exists for people who have disabilities that seriously inhibit or even entirely prevent their ability to make a living. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) exists to help those exact people.
Unfortunately, the process for applying for an SSDI claim can take a lot of time and grow extremely complex. There are some instances where it is possible to speed the process up a bit, however.
The Compassionate Allowances program
AARP discusses potential reasons for getting on a faster track with an SSDI claim. First, a person’s conditions must fall within the guidelines set for the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program.
This program came to being specifically to allow for people with serious disabilities or conditions to get the help they need as fast as possible. The SSA has numerous conditions that qualify on its website. Currently, 250 conditions and disabilities have recognition on the site, with more getting added constantly. A person does not need to do anything special when requesting an expedited review if their condition is on this list.
Conditions listed in the program
The ailments listed in the database currently cover a wide array of potential disabilities or conditions. This includes neurodegenerative disorders, rare genetic disorders, immune system conditions, some types of fast-moving cancers, and a few other types of cancers like some types of adrenal, bladder, breast, gallbladder, kidney, esophageal, and head and neck cancers.
It is also not uncommon for the first application for SSDI benefits to receive a rejection, so people should not give up or get too discouraged by it. Many find success later through subsequent applications.