Could Your Disability Be a CAL Condition?

CAL Conditions

A Compassionate Allowance (CAL) condition is a medical condition that is classified as being so severe it meets the SSA’s current definition of disability without question. There are currently 225 impairments on the CAL conditions list, with more being added annually.

The SSA adds conditions to the CAL list when they receive enough information and research from medical experts, advocacy groups, and even the general public that a particular condition meets all of the criteria to be considered a disability.


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What does the SSA consider a disability? According to the SSA, you are classified as disabled if:

  • You cannot do the work that you did before.
  • You are unable to adjust to other work because of your medical condition.
  • Your medical condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.

With the SSA continuing to add new conditions to the list on an annual basis. This could potentially result in an expedited Disability claim for you in the future.

Furthermore, if you suffer from a CAL condition it may be beneficial to seek help from a Social Security advocate or attorney who may be able to better assist you with this type of claim.

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