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  • Christopher Le

What’s Conditions Automatically Qualify Me For Social Security Disability?

There are certain medical conditions that do qualify for automatic disability approval. Certain conditions on the compassionate allowance list or medical listings can provide automatic approval for social security disability benefits.

Compassionate Allowances List. For very severe illnesses or injuries, such as Stage 4 cancer, Social Security keeps a list called the "Compassionate Allowances List." Some of these conditions are are so serious in nature that just a diagnosis of the condition from a doctor automatically qualifies the disability benefits.

The conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list include:

  • Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS)

  • acute leukemia

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • gallbladder cancer or pancreatic cancer

  • lung cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma

  • anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (thyroid cancer), and

  • inflammatory breast cancer

Social Security will expedite a claim that falls under these conditions and the applicant may receive an automatic approval based on these diagnosis alone.

Listing of Impairments. Another way of receiving automatic disability is if your condition meets or equals a listing of impairments. There are a few medical conditions listed in the Social Security Administration's Listing of Impairments that can qualify as disabilities just with a simple diagnosis as well. These conditions include:

  • liver or kidney transplant

  • heart transplant, lung transplant, or cochlear implant

Most of the impairments under this Listing of Impairments, have strict requirements and lay out certain criteria that needs to be met before the condition qualifies for disability. For example, in order for those with chronic kidney disease to qualify, there needs to be undergoing dialysis treatment. Or for blindness, in order to qualify for disability, you need to have 20/200 vision or worse in the better eye.

Medical Records. It’s vital to have supporting medical records. Without medical records, SSA cannot qualify you for disability just on your word alone. If the disability examiner does not receive all of the necessary and relevant medical records, you may be denied benefits even though your condition is eligible for Social Security benefits.

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