Understanding “Compassionate Allowances”

Under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide to immediately release the disability benefits (SSDI) of a recipient. The program is designed to expedite the SSDI application process for those who are obviously disabled.

Rather than taking months or years for a person to receive his or her benefits, it may only take weeks if a person’s condition is within the scope of CAL. Individuals applying for their disability benefits file the claim as usual and the SSA chooses whether to expedite their claim based on certain requirements. Individuals may qualify for CAL if their disability prevents them from doing the jobs they used to do, or prevents them from doing any other jobs. The time it takes to process individuals under CAL may vary depending on the supporting documents submitted by the person.

The attorneys at Hankey Law Office help Indiana families whose loved ones are applying for or appealing their SSDI benefits. We strongly believe that disabled individuals should receive the benefits necessary to continue their medication. If you need help qualifying for SSDI benefits, call us at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about your options.