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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a program to make it faster for those who suffer from certain serious illnesses to get benefits. Compassionate Allowances are available for certain individuals with certain serious medical conditions. If you qualify for a “compassionate allowance,” you can begin receiving disability benefits in weeks instead of months.

Although the Compassionate Allowances program is meant to streamline the claims process, many deserving claimants still face roadblocks. The attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush are committed to helping SSD claimants obtain the disability benefits they need and deserve.

We have a long track record of helping clients secure SSD benefits. We are ready to focus our attention on getting you the benefits you need as quickly as possible so you don’t have to face financial worry any longer.

Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, is dedicated to economic, personal, and social justice for our clients. As disability attorneys, we have helped thousands of people with disabilities obtain Social Security benefits. Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP is one of the region’s largest and most successful disability law firms.

Your consultation and case evaluation is free and you pay nothing unless we help you successfully get benefits. Call or contact us online now to get started.


The Compassionate Allowances program is a method of expediting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. You still must qualify for SSI or SSDI based on your income or work history. The skilled attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush know the SSD requirements inside and out.  We will help you to determine which program you may qualify for, and we will advise you on how to get started.

There are 225 conditions that have been added to the Compassionate Allowances List as of January 2014, and the SSA regularly adds new conditions. The medical problems on the list include serious and incurable illnesses including various types of metastatic cancer and different types of dementia, for example.

You can see a complete updated list of Compassionate Allowances conditions on the SSA website, with newly added conditions displayed in red.

Your condition may be on the list if it is conclusively diagnosable with objective medical testing, and if it is likely to be fatal or significantly and permanently interferes with your ability to work.

Our attorneys can help you determine if you qualify for a “compassionate allowance.” If so, we can provide the medical records to document your diagnosis, so that the SSA expedites the processing of your SSD claim.

While it can normally take between four and six months on average to get a decision on a disability benefits application, a claimant with a condition on the Compassionate Allowances List may receive an answer from the SSA within weeks.


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The SSA indicates that the length of time it takes for you to receive a decision depends on whether you qualify for benefits as a Compassionate Allowance and:

Our skilled and experienced Rhode Island personal injury attorneys will help you submit the most complete application possible, including solid medical proof of your ailment, so you can get your benefits as fast as possible. We will make sure your application provides the necessary proof of your illness and we will provide the SSA the evidence it needs to start providing you with disability income.

Since 1999, the Social Security Disability lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush have helped clients put together successful disability claims. We will take care of submitting your application, gathering your medical evidence, including the necessary “opinion evidence” from your doctor(s), and moving things forward to a successful conclusion.

We understand how tough it is to be sick and how hard it is to worry about money for medicine and/or for your living expenses. We pride ourselves on the outstanding legal results we achieve, and we will not rest until we have put forth the strongest possible claim and have won your case! We want you to be able to take care of your health while we take care of your disability claim.


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Marasco & Nesselbush can represent you during your initial claim for benefits, whether or not you qualify for a Compassionate Allowance. We will be there for you every step of the way. We are Rhode Island’s premier and trusted disability benefits law firm. Again, we’ll take care of your legal rights so you can focus on your health.

Call or contact us online today to speak with a member of our legal team. We are happy to help, and we will help you, every step of the way. Call or contact us online today.