Many people know that applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) isn’t a quick process. For many people, lengthy waits happen after they apply. Some face denials and then have to take the time to appeal. All of this means that they might be left to struggle financially for a while. One group of individuals can usually move through the system at a faster rate – those who qualify for compassionate allowances.

The compassionate allowance is a program in which a person who has specific qualifying conditions can get benefits right away. Typically, a person who qualifies for this will have an adult brain disorder or a serious cancer. There are also some rare childhood disorders on the list. The SSA publishes the list and often updates its blog when new additions are made to the list, so checking it right when you’re ready to file is often beneficial.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) gathers information from various sources to determine what conditions should qualify for this faster process. The key that ties them all together is that they are all ones that are likely going to lead to death faster than the speed at which the claim would move through the decision-making process.

It is important to remember that you only qualify for the compassionate allowances process if you’ve been diagnosed by a doctor with a condition that’s on the list. It must be clearly documented and listed clearly on the application. If you have one of these conditions and are wrongfully denied for your benefits, you should quickly appeal the decision. There are time limits for this, so be sure to read every notification you receive from the administration.