Social Security Disability Benefits for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients –
We understand that the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s (or another form of dementia) is devastating, to the patients themselves, and their family and loved ones.
While early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference for some individuals – we understand that they and their families are still faced with the immediate and long term financial concerns that accompany any progressive disability. Not only are you worried about the course of the disease, you also are concerned about the economic impact this will have on yourself and your family.
Fortunately, a clear diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and/or early onset dementia in a patient below retirement age is typically enough to qualify for Social Security Disability payments.
Alzheimers & the Social Security Process
The first thing that Social Security examiners do in evaluating a medical condition is to refer to the Social Security’s “official listing” of impairments – commonly referred to simply as “The Blue Book.” The Blue Book lists the medical conditions that the SSA considers “inherently disabling”, which result in somewhat “automatic” approval.
Because the cognitive impairment caused by Alzheimer’s and/or dementia leaves people unable to maintain gainful employment –it is listed in the blue Book list of inherently disabling conditions. This means that as long as you can submit a clearly documented diagnosis to the SSA, your Social Security Disability Benefits for Alzheimer’s or Dementia will be approved.
Of course, you still have to complete all of the application forms, paperwork and supporting medical documentation to the SSA – which can be a burdensome task on top of dealing with the illness. We are happy to do this for you. Our experienced attorneys have rapidly and effectively obtained Social Security Disability approval for hundreds of clients with cognitive impairment – so they and their families can focus on their health.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Qualify for Social Security Compassionate Allowance –
Additionally, the Social Security Administration has put in effect a Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program. This initiative is a way to expedite the processing of SSDI and SSI disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are very severe. This program puts qualified SSD applicants on a “fast track” for approval, so that they receive faster payment of Social Security benefits.
Social Security recently added early-onset Alzheimer’s, mixed-dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasia disease to its Compassionate Allowances Initiative.
Individuals with CAL conditions – including early-onset Alzheimer’s, mixed-dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasia – may receive a decision on their SSD claim in a matter of weeks instead of the typical timeframe of months.
How fast your SSD Application for Alzheimer’s is approved depends on:
- How quickly the SSA obtains medical evidence from your doctors or other medical source;
- Whether the SSA decides a medical examination is necessary to support the claim; and
- If your SSDI claim is randomly selected for quality assurance review of the decision.
Our experienced attorneys have rapidly and effectively obtained Social Security Disability approval for hundreds of clients with cognitive impairment – including early-onset Alzheimer’s, mixed-dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasia. We focus on your SSD Application, so you and your family can focus on your pressing medical issues.
If you or a family member is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, contact our office. We can help.
Our Social Security Disability Attorneys Can Help
Our experienced Los Angeles area Social Security attorneys are here to help you collect your maximum Social Security Disability for Alzheimer’s or Dementia as quickly as possible. If you or a loved one is suffering with Alzheimer’s, dementia or any serious medical condition, our experienced lawyers would be happy to discuss your unique situation with you, to ensure that you receive the maximum Social Security Disability benefits for which you may qualify.
Call our Social Security attorneys for a FREE CONSULTATION: 562-622-4800.