How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Is there a way to get disability benefits faster?

There are a number of established ways to get an SSI or SSD disability claim processed faster so that an applicant can get their disability benefits quicker.

For instance, if you have a terminal disabling condition, your disability claim will receive an expedited case processing. Social Security’s goal in processing claims that involve a terminal condition is to make a decision in 30 days or less. These cases are monitored by the management of disability determination agencies (each state has a DDS) and, as such, they are generally extremely timely.

Most disability claims do not involve terminal conditions, however they may involve very severe conditions that are very unlikely to improve. Social Security uses another expedited processing for certain illnesses known as the compassionate allowance (CAL) process.


Currently, there are 226 CAL conditions that qualify for this expedited processing and the list could potentially continue to grow as Social Security allows new conditions to be submitted for consideration. While these cases are not always processed in 30 days or less, they are given immediate attention once they are received at the disability agency. Basically, they are processed as quickly as disability examiners can get the necessary medical documentation.


If your disability case does not qualify for either of the above mentioned expedited processes, you may still have a disability condition that qualifies for a quick medical determination. The quick disability determination (QDD) process uses a computer algorithm to identify disability cases that have conditions and other factors likely to lead to a quick disability approval. Disability examiners work these cases immediately so that they can get their decision made.

If your disability claim does not fit any of the above claim situations, you may still be approved for disability benefits. However, it may take considerably longer to be approved.

If your initial disability claim is denied, you will have to begin the Social Security Disability appeal process. Most initial claim denials will have to go all the way through the disability appeal process to an administrative law judge disability hearing. Unfortunately, Social Security Disability hearings offices across the nation are backlogged and it could take a year or more to get your disability hearing.

While the disability hearing results in the most disability approvals of any level in the Social Security Disability process, many disability claims are denied. If your disability case is denied, you will have to file a new disability claim and begin the process again if you are still unable to work.

In summary, it could be a short amount or long amount of time before you receive disability benefits after you apply for disability. It is very dependent upon the severity your disabling condition and non-medical factors such as residual functional capacity, education, and job skills.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

Medical conditions on a disability claim
Filing a disability claim
What medical conditions get you approved for disability?
How does a person get approved for disability benefits?
Social Security Disability Approval Process
Can you be approved for disability without having to go to a hearing?
Prove disability, get approved, and win
Getting a Disability Lawyer in Georgia
Denied Disability Appeal Georgia

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Do I need an attorney to win disability?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security Disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.