The new allowances and the online authorization should make things easier and faster, but applying for Social Security disability benefits is still far from a simple, one-step process.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) April 21, 2012
Cleveland Social Security disability benefits lawyer Lawrence Disparti said today that newly added Compassionate Allowances for severely ill applicants can result in quicker benefits decisions – but they may also make applications more complex.
“The dozens of newly announced Compassionate Allowances will help thousands of deserving individuals,” said Disparti, founder of the Disparti Law Group, a Cleveland disability benefits law firm with additional offices in Chicago and Tampa.
“Still, applying for Social Security benefits requires knowledge and understanding of the process that many applicants lack,” he said. “That’s why benefits applicants who may qualify for a Compassionate Allowance should seek help from a qualified Social Security disability attorney.”
The Social Security Administration announced 52 new Compassionate Allowances conditions earlier this month. They will be effective in August. The conditions primarily pertain to neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases.
Compassionate Allowances can fast-track disability decisions for individuals with the most serious disabilities. In most cases, they receive benefit decisions within days instead of months or years. Applicants must still qualify for the Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits programs.
The Compassionate Allowances program began in 2008 with 50 medical conditions. The new conditions increase the total to 165, the Social Security Administration said. They include brain disorders, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, certain cancers, several rare genetic disorders affecting children, immune system conditions and other disorders.
The Social Security Administration has also established an online disability application that allows applicants to electronically sign and submit their Authorization to Disclose Information Form.
“The new allowances and the online authorization should make things easier and faster, but applying for Social Security disability benefits is still far from a simple, one-step process,” Disparti said.
Disparti’s firm helps Ohio residents apply for SSD and SSI benefits. The firm also handles appeals of rejected benefit claims.
Disparti said the numerous requirements and regulations of the Social Security program make the application process difficult for many who need and deserve federal assistance.
“Many people applying for Social Security disability are working with government rules and regulations for the first time,” Disparti said. “An application can be ruled incomplete or improper because of the smallest overlooked detail, and that could lead to the claim being delayed or denied.”
An Ohio attorney who is experienced with Social Security disability programs can help an applicant determine whether they qualify for the Compassionate Allowances initiative, Disparti said.
“A disability claims lawyer can make sure an applicant gets into the Compassionate Allowances program if they qualify or take other steps to make sure their claim is processed as efficiently and effectively as possible,” he said.
“Having an experienced legal advocate on their side is a distinct advantage for anyone applying for benefits under any Social Security program.”
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Cleveland 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, Illinois, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and the Ohio communities surrounding Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Elyria, Lorain, Mentor, Parma, Warren and Youngstown. To learn more about the Cleveland Social Security Disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm’s online contact form.