Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
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Can Social Security Disability Benefits Be Awarded Quickly?
While most Social Security disability applicants seem to wait extraordinary lengths of time to be awarded disability benefits, there are some situations in which disability benefits can be awarded more quickly. For example, disability claims that involve terminal conditions are expeditiously processed in order to award benefits as soon as possible. Generally these claims are processed in thirty days or less.
Social Security also has a compassionate allowance program that allows disability applicants with certain conditions to receive expedited processing in order to get disability benefits to them within a shorter time frame than other disability applicants. Social Security recognizes eighty-eight severe conditions as compassionate allowances at this time. Most certainly, more conditions will be added to this list as time goes on.
Lastly, Social Security has the QDD (quick disability determination) process to shorten wait times for disability applicants. QDD uses a predictive model to analyze key elements of an individualís electronic disability folder to determine if there is high probability that the individual is disabled and if medical records appear to be readily available. Many disability claims marked for the QDD process receive their medical decision in less than thirty days.
If an individualís disability claim does not involve a terminal condition, compassionate allowance conditions, or is not selected for the QDD process, they may still receive a relatively quick disability decision if they meet or equal the listing criteria of an impairment listing in the disability guide book (the blue book, also known as the social security disability list of impairments).
Overall, processing time really depends upon an individualís disabling condition, medical history, and availability of current medical records. If Social Security is able to secure medical records and there is no need for consultative examinations, disability claims can be processed fairly quickly. Initial disability claims generally take ninety days or less to process. About thirty-five to forty percent of the disability applicants are awarded disability benefits at the initial disability claim level.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria