Can you get a quick disability decision?

Can you get your disability claim decision quickly?

The Social Security Disability process can often be a long one; however, there are ways a person can help speed up their disability decision.

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If you file for disability, be prepared to provide your doctor's information so that Social Security can easily get your medical records or you can bring your medical records with you to your interview. Social Security pays for all medical records so do not get your medical records if it is a cost you cannot afford to pay.

If you do not have medical records or you do not have current medical records (within the last 90 days), you may be scheduled for a consultative examination. Social Security pays for this exam and they will schedule it as near to your zip code as possible. It will expedite your disability case if you make sure to attend the examination. If you miss the examination, it will have to be rescheduled and that will add more time to your disability claim.

Lastly, you should complete and return any questionaires the disability examiner sends to you. These are things you can do to expedite the processing of your disability claim.

Unfortunately, most disability claims take time and extremely quick decisions are generally reserved for disability claims that involve the most severe conditions. If you have any of the 226 medical conditions that qualify for the compassionate allowance (CAL) process, or you have a condition that allows your case to be evaluated though the quick disability determination (QDD) process, or you have a terminal condition (TERI), you will receive a quick disability decision.

If your conditon or conditions do not qualify for these expedited processes, it will really just depend on how quickly your disability examiner can get enough information to make your disability decision. Generally, disability claims take anywhere between 30 and 120 days to receive a decision.

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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