SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
More questions about SSD and SSI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips ó how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Can Social Security Disability Benefits Be Awarded Quickly?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
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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