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Are there Automatic disability impairments?



 
The words automatic impairment could be used to describe impairments that are compassionate allowances (CAL), quick disability determination (QDD) cases, and terminal illness (TERI) cases.

CAL - this technology allows Social Security to identify individuals who have diseases and other medical conditions that meet Social Security standards for disability benefits. Most of these conditions involve various kinds of cancer, brain disorders, rare children’s disorders, and other conditions that meet Social Security guidelines for approval. The Social Security compassionate allowance list is ever evolving. In fact, people can go to the SSA website to submit additional conditions for consideration. Currently, the list has 226 medical conditions that will result in an “automatic” approval for disability.

QDD - this is a computer generated predictive model that allows Social Security to screen disability cases that have a high chance of resulting in a favorable disability decision and the medical evidence is readily available. This allows disability examiners to expedite the processing of these claims.

TERI - if a disability case involves a terminal illness it can be flagged at the Social Security field office or at the disability determinations service (DDS). This automatically entitles the disability case to an expedited processing that is supposed to result in a decision in 30 days or less. Management monitors these cases to insured that a decision is rendered as expeditiously as possible.

Individuals who do not have CAL, TERI, or QDD impairments may still have impairments that automatically approve them for disability. Individuals who have impairments that meet or equal the criteria of a Social Security Disability listing receive an automatic medical approval for disability.








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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.

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