How would you manage financially if you suddenly received a diagnosis that prevented you from working? Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits to disabled Americans who are unable to work, but the application process for these benefits can take many months. However, the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program allows seriously ill and disabled individuals to receive their determination for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in a matter of weeks.

The CAL program consists of more than 200 conditions that automatically meet SSA criteria for disability benefits, including numerous types of cancer, early-onset Alzheimer's disease, several other forms of dementia, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The SSA works with the public, advocacy groups, medical experts and the National Institutes of Health to identify new conditions for the CAL program.

Applicants for SSDI and SSI can apply online, call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213, or visit a local Social Security office. A skilled attorney can assist with composing successful SSDI applications, organizing supporting documentation like medical records, and handling appeals.

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