The application and hearing process for Social Security Disability can take up to two years, according to Social Security attorney and lawyer, Randy Zeldin, Esq. of Boca Raton, Florida. According to Social Security expert and attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq., there are many horrifying examples of applicants with serious and terminal conditions, who died before the Social Security Disability review process was completed. There has been recorded episodes of suicides by desperate applicants.
To his great credit, Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue has expanded the Compassionate Allowance List, to include 100 diseases or conditions. Any applicant for Social Security Disability with one of these conditions, is entitled to an immediate review, with only minimal medical evidence. The idea is to speed up the process for individuals suffering from the serious and debilitating conditions on the list. Some of the newly added conditions include:mitral valve atresia; Eisenmenger Syndrome; endomyocardial fibrosis and heart transplant wait list.