People who file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) usually don’t have a huge financial safety net to help them as they go through the lengthy application process. Unfortunately, many of these individuals have conditions that won’t allow them to be too patient while they’re waiting. This is because they are so seriously ill that they might not live long enough to make it through the process.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does have a program that enables these individuals to go through the process a bit faster. Individuals who have a condition that’s listed as part of the Compassionate Allowances program won’t have to go through the lengthy evaluation process because their condition automatically meets the requirements for disability.

Diseases like certain cancers, some childhood disorders and many brain disorders are all on the list. The SSA compiled the list from a host of sources, and it updates the list often. For the individuals who have some of the most serious conditions, being able to take some of the financial worry out of their lives might make a huge difference in how they’re able to live.

If you have a serious disability and need to apply for SSDI, finding out if your condition is on the Compassionate Allowances list might be beneficial. Knowing your rights and understanding a bit about the process might make it easier for you as you go through it. Unless you have a condition on the compassionate allowances list, you may not get the answer you want about your application. This could lead to a need to appeal the decision, so be prepared for that possibility.