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In 2020, Andrew Saul, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, announced five new Compassionate Allowances conditions:

  • Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumors
  • GM1 Gangliosidosis – Infantile and Juvenile Forms
  • Nicolaides-Baraister Syndrome
  • Rubinstein-Tybai Syndrome
  • Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain

If you have one of the above conditions, you can apply online for disability benefits at Social Security’s website. Applying online for SSD or SSI benefits is fairly easy. You can do it on your own, as long as you have basic information, such as:  birthdate, marriage date, doctor’s name, work history, etc.. However, if you cannot apply on your own, we have a specialist at Cannon Disability Law that can help you. If you need more information on new compassionate allowances, read here.


The Compassionate Allowances program is a list of disabilities which are severe medical conditions. These medical conditions are so severe that the SSA believes the claimant should automatically qualify for disability benefits. The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims that Social Security’s statutory standard for disability. If you have medical confirmation of your diagnosis, you should submit it along with your application.

Currently, more than 600,000 people have been approved through Compassionate Allowance program. Over the last decade, the list has grown to a total of 242 conditions, including some cancers, brain disorders, and rare disorders that affect children.

It is possible for the SSA to miss that your diagnosis is on the list of Compassionate Allowances. Therefore, it is important to review the list. The list can be found at:

Please review the list, especially if your doctor states that you qualify for disability benefits.


The point of the list is to expedite the claims process. Most claims take up to two years to win. However, because there is a list of severe disabilities, if you show your disability is on the list, you case win benefits quickly. As Andrew Saul states, “Social Security’s top priority is to serve the public, and we remain committed to improving the disability determination process for Americans.” Mr. Saul also said, “Our Compassionate Allowances program gets us one step closer to reaching our goals by helping us accelerate the disability process for people who are likely to get approved for benefits due to the severity of their condition.”

In fact, you can add to the list of Compassionate Allowances. If you have a severe, disabling medical condition, you can submit your condition to the SSA for inclusion on the list at SSA receives information from the public. They also evaluate comments from the Social Security and Disability Determination Service communities. Additionally, they review information from medical and scientific experts and review research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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When you hire us, we will help you file your application. Also, we will help you complete SSA’s paperwork. The SSA will probably deny your case, because the SSA denies the majority of claims. Likewise, they deny most cases on appeal.

Typically, in order to win, you must go to a hearing. When you go to a hearing, you should not go alone. Make sure you hire an experienced representative to help you in court. If you have a compassionate allowance, then the SSA should expedite your case. That would mean you would not have to go to a hearing. Instead, you would receive benefits at an earlier stage of the disability process.

Find out more about your legal team. Dianna Cannon has been practicing disability law for over 30 years. Brett Bunkall has won hundreds of cases in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and California. Andria Summers has over 20 years of experience helping claimants win disability benefits. Our representatives know the law.  We have won over $100 million in disability benefits for our clients. Contact us today to hire a disability attorney with experience. We want to be your legal team.

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