We have discussed many horror stories surrounding the long application process for Social Security Disability benefits. The potentially multi-year application process is why it is important to seek the advice of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney as quickly as possible. It is impossible to speed the disability application process along without representation. Portland applicants who are represented by an attorney are more likely to have their application processed more quickly and are more likely to obtain benefits.
Some individuals are so clearly disabled that the Social Security Administration expedites their applications. There is a list of so-called “Compassionate Allowances” (CAL) which are conditions that automatically qualify a disability benefits applicant.
CAL cases are processed in the same matter as Quick Disability Determination (QDD) cases. Some differences in the process do exist however. Some of the main differences include that the predictive model criteria for QDD cases is more complicated than the CAL criteria because CAL cases are identified entirely by applicants who allege that they have a CAL disease. QDD case determinations involve scoring and threshold criteria.
There are currently 100 conditions on the CAL list, ranging from Acute Leukemia to Zellweger Syndrome. The SSA recently added 12conditions to the CAL list which brought the number of conditions to the 100 mark. The most recently added conditions to the CAL list are:
- Aortic Atresia
- Eisenmenger Syndrome
- Endomyocardial Fibrosis
- Heart Transplant Graft Failure
- Heart Transplant Wait List, 1A/1B
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Recipient
- Mitral Valve Atresia
- Primary Cardiac Amyloidosis
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Single Ventricle
- Tricuspid Atresia
Source: Social Security Online, “DI 23022.017 Compassionate Allowance (CAL) and Quick Disability Determination (QDD): Similarities and Differences.”