Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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Can Social Security Disability Benefits Be Awarded Quickly?
How to prove you are disabled
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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.
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