May is National ALS Awareness Month. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. More than 5,600 people each year are newly diagnosed with ALS.
Living with ALS impacts both the patient and his or her family. However, Social Security Disability benefits should be available. People who have ALS meet the medical qualifications for Social Security disability benefits because ALS is one of Social Security’s “Compassionate Allowances.” A Compassionate Allowances condition is one that the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets the statutory standard for disability. The agency can quickly identify potential Compassionate Allowances and then quickly make decisions and begin monthly benefit payments. In essence, it speeds up the approval of your Social Security Disability (SSDI) claim.
Social Security launched the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008 with a list of 50 diseases and conditions. There are now more than 100 Compassionate Allowances conditions. The complete list of Compassionate Allowances conditions can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.
If you or a loved one is battling a disability that prevents them from being able to work, you should consult with a Social Security Disability attorney who can explain your rights and responsibilities. Don't battle the Social Security Administration alone. For a free consultation regarding your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim with Attorney Matthew Noyes, call 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free assessment of your claim.