Automatic Disability Conditions for Social Security and SSI

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.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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