If you've never suffered a disability rendering you unable to work, you might be surprised to learn just how complicated the system can be now that you have a legitimate need to request benefits. The Social Security Administration oversees two of the federal government's largest programs aimed at providing financial assistance to those with disabilities. No matter which program in which you're enrolled, however, there are certain eligibility requirements you must meet before you can get the financial help you need.
Nearly seven percent of all claims filed for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits were, in 2015, fast-tracked. As detailed in a recent report on the business website Benzinga, more than 180,000 claims were expedited via the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances (CAL) provision. That's an increase from the roughly 175,000 claims expedited via CAL in 2014.