Breast Cancer and Compassionate Allowances – Comments by San Diego Social Security Disability Attorneys

The Social Security Disability Attorneys at the San Diego Disability Law Group recently represented a 47 year old woman with Breast Cancer. When she first contacted our office her claim for disability benefits had already been denied by the  Social Security Administration and the time limit to file a Request For Reconsideration had already passed. To make matters more complicated, most of her treatment had occurred in Mexico and most of her medical records were written in Spanish. Her claim was essentially dead in the water.

In reviewing her disability papers, our attorneys  noted that she had filed part of the documents necessary  for a Request For Reconsideration in a timely  matter but had failed to file an essential form ( SSA-3441 – Disability  Report-Appeal). We immediately prepared and forwarded the form and then contacted the Social Security  Administration on her behalf. We were able to convince  them to accept  her untimely  appeal and her Spanish medical records without the usual requirement that they be translated into English. This was especially important since her masectomy surgery had been performed in Mexico.

We then began the process of documenting her condition for the Social Security Administration. Our client has recently received  some treatment in San Diego. We obtained copies of her records which contained a pathology report showing that her breast cancer had  spread to her lungs. We then contacted  her San Diego oncologist and convinced her to complete a Residual Functional Capacity  Questionnaire detailing our client’s inability to function in a work environment. The Residual Functional Capacity Questionnaire, the pathology report and several letters from our client’s friends and family  detailing her inability to function in a work environment were forwarded to the Social Security Administration. 

The San Diego Social Security Disability Attorneys at the San Diego Disability Law Group were able to get our client her Social Security Disability Benefits within a matter of weeks after she contacted our office.

The Social Security Disability Attorneys at the San Diego Disabilty Law Group  wrote to the Social Security Administration and asked that they consider their client’s claim under a Compassionate Allowance . The Social Security Administration has acknowledged that it “has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards.” Compassionate Allowances are a way  of quickly identifying diseases and other  medical conditions that invariably qualify under the  Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective  medical information. Compassionate Allowances allow the Social Security Administration to target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective  medical information that they  can obtain quickly. Compassionate Allowances is not a separate program from the  Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs.

According to the Social Security Administration, Compassionate Allowance conditions “are selected using information received at public outreach hearings, comments received from the  Disability  Determination Services, counsel of medical and scientific experts, and research with the National Institute of Health (NIH). ” They also consider which  conditions are most likely to meet their current definition of disability. There are currently over 200 conditions that can qualify for Compassionate Allowances.

Individuals with Compassionate Allowances conditions may  receive a decision on their  claim in a matter of weeks instead of months or years. The time varies depending on how quickly Social Security can obtain copies  of the medical records, whether  a medical exam is necessary, and whether the claim is  randomly selected for quality assurance. 

If you, a friend, or family  member would like to discuss any  of the over 200 conditions that qualify for Compassionate Allowances just call any of the San Deigo Social Security Disability Attorneys at the  San Diego Disability Law Group at 619-338-9000.

 

 

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