Applicants for SSD and SSI benefits who think they qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program would do well to seek the help of an experienced Social Security benefits lawyer to guide them through the application process.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 23, 2012
Chicago Social Security disability benefits lawyer Lawrence Disparti said that the 52 newly announced Compassionate Allowances for disability benefits announced this month should speed benefits decisions. Still, they could also complicate individuals’ claims, he said.
“The many new allowances that will become effective in August will be a great service to thousands of deserving individuals,” Disparti said, “but applying for benefits still requires knowledge of the Social Security program that most applicants, unfortunately, do not have.”
Disparti is the founder of the Disparti Law Group, a Chicago Social Security disability benefits law firm with additional offices in Cleveland, Ohio, and Tampa, Florida. The firm helps individuals with filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. It also represents clients in appeals when their claims are denied.
“Applicants for SSD and SSI benefits who think they qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program would do well to seek the help of an experienced Social Security benefits lawyer to guide them through the application process,” Disparti said.
Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration announced 52 new Compassionate Allowances conditions that will go into effect in August. The new conditions primarily include neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases.
The Compassionate Allowances program fast-tracks disability decisions. Through the program, individuals with the most serious disabilities may receive their benefit decisions within possibly days instead of months or years.
Applicants must still otherwise qualify for SSI or SSD benefits. The requirements include paying Social Security taxes and working for a specified length of time.
When the program started in 2008, 50 conditions qualified as Compassionate Allowances. The 52 new conditions will increase the total to 165, the Social Security Administration said in a news release. The conditions include cancers, brain disorders, rare genetic disorders, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and immune system conditions.
“The Social Security Administration has also established an online disability application, which will make applying for benefits easier,” Disparti said. “But don’t assume this is a simple, one-step process.”
Disparti said the SSA benefits program has numerous requirements and rules that can make the application process difficult for many who qualify for benefits.
“Most people applying for disability benefits are looking at these government-written rules and regulations for the first time,” Disparti said. “An application that is incomplete or improper in the most minor way can be delayed or rejected.
“A lawyer well-versed in Social Security’s disability programs can help an applicant determine whether they qualify for the Compassionate Allowances initiative and either get their application into that program or take other steps to get a claim processed as efficiently and effectively as possible,” he said.
“And having prepared the original claim, that lawyer can, in the unlikely case of a rejection, quickly amend the application for an appeal.”
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Chicago Social Security disability law firm that provides legal assistance to individuals in cases involving Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), railroad disability (FELA and RRB claims) and veterans’ benefits (including TSGLI claims). Additionally, the firm handles a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, slip-and-fall or premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and inadequate security. The firm serves clients across the U.S., including Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and the Illinois communities surrounding Chicago, Joliet, Aurora, Naperville, Elgin, Schaumburg, Oak Lawn, Bolingbrook, Cicero and Wheaton. To learn more about the Chicago Social Security Disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm’s online contact form.