What Conditions Automatically Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Today it is harder than ever to be approved for Social Security Disability benefits. Even if you have a legitimate disability with medical documentation and evidence showing you are unable to work – chances are high that your claim will not be approved. However, there are a number of medical conditions that automatically qualify for expedited approval, which is as close as you can get to automatic approval for benefits.

Compassionate Allowances List (CAL)

This list covers very serious injuries or illnesses that automatically receive expedited attention from Social Security if you can provide proof of your diagnosis.

  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Acute Leukemia
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Stage IV Breast Cancer
  • Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
  • Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease

If you have proof of diagnosis, your claim will get expedited attention – which means you may get a decision as soon as one month after applying for benefits.

In addition, there are several conditions contained within the SSA Listing of Impairments Manual that automatically qualify for consideration of disability benefits if you can prove your condition through medical records. These include:

  • Kidney Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
  • Cochlear Transplant
  • Lung Transplant
  • Heart Transplant

If you have one of these five automatic disabilities, the SSA will review your case at the end of one year (or three years for a lung transplant) to determine if you are still disabled according to official guidelines.

It’s important to know that even if you have a condition eligible for expedited approval, you will need to provide the proper medical records.