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How do you speed the SSI process, especially if you have financial problems?

If your case is at the hearing level, you could have your rep-attorney send a dire need request to the hearing office to hopefully expedite the scheduling of the hearing. To qualify for this, you generally have to show that you have dire need (unable to pay rent or mortgate, pay utilities, etc) and this will mean showing dcoumentation to prove this.

The purpose of a dire need request is not to get an approval on a case. That doesn't happen with dire need situations. The purpose here is simply to get a disability hearing scheduled faster than it would ordinarily take (sometimes between one and two years).

If the case is at a lower level (application or reconsideration appeal, you might want to contact a congressman or senator and have them do a "congressional inquiry". That can sometimes help move the case a bit faster.

If you or your attorney believe that the case is particularly strong and that the disability examiner made a bad decision (possibly by not gathering all your records, or by evaluating them properly), or you think that since you were last denied your condition has significantly worsened, you may wish to subject a request for an on-the-record review to the hearing office, assuming your case is at the hearing office.

What is this? It basically means that a judge can review the case and approve it without the need for actually holding a hearing. Such requests are only made by attorneys working on disability claims versus unrepresented claimants.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives