6 Approved Conditions for SSD Benefits

approved conditions for SSD benefits

When applying for disability it’s important to have a good understanding of what conditions may qualify for benefits. While some medical issues require an abundance of evidence to prove validity, some conditions will be automatically approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

These conditions are known as Compassionate Allowances Conditions and are classified as so severe they will automatically meet the SSA’s definition of disability. For applicants, knowing what conditions are on the list can be beneficial when applying.



Common Conditions on CAL

According to the SSA, CAL conditions are determined by using information received at public outreach hearings, comments received from the Social Security and Disability Determination Services communities, counsel of medical and scientific experts, and research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It’s important to keep in mind that new Compassionate Allowances Conditions are added periodically. That means if your condition is not currently on the list, it could be in the future.

Here are 6 approved conditions for SSD benefits that are located on the Compassionate Allowances List:

  1. Thyroid Cancer – Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma, is the type of cancer that is specific to this listing. This form of thyroid cancer makes up about 2% of all individuals diagnosed and patients on average are expected to live about 4-5 months from onset of diagnosis.
  2. Breast Cancer (with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable) – This listing is specific to patients who have been diagnosed with a form of breast cancer that is classified as inoperable or unresectable. Patients who fall under this criteria usually have a poor prognosis.
  3. Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease – This type of Alzheimer’s disease is specific to individuals under the age of 65. Patients with this diagnosis often experience a decline in their cognitive health. On average this decline typically occurs over the course of 8 to 10 years and usually ends in death due to pneumonia, malnutrition, or general body wasting.
  4. Kidney Cancer (inoperable or unresectable) – The listing for kidney cancer is for patients who have an inoperable or unresectable diagnosis. Since there is not specific testing for an inoperable diagnosis, it is usually based on the medical opinion of your doctor. An unresectable diagnosis will usually be given if surgery was unsuccessful at removing all of the cancer located in the kidney.
  5. Pancreatic Cancer – According to the pancreatic cancer listing, his form of cancer can only be cured if caught at an early stage and before it has spread to other parts of the body. With the right treatment, the disease can be controlled and potentially help patients live longer lives.
  6. Bladder Cancer (with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable) – The listing for bladder cancer is specific to a diagnosis of Bladder Carcinoma that is inoperable, unresectable, or with metastases. When a diagnosis falls under this category, it can be treated, but the prognosis is usually poor.

Seeking Legal Help

When applying for disability benefits with a CAL condition, it’s imperative that you take the proper steps in informing the SSA of your diagnosis. A legal representative knows what needs to be done to get your claim approved and can assist you throughout the entire process. They can also help you collect proper medical documentation, speak to the SSA on your behalf, and if necessary appealing an unjust decision.

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