What is the fastest decision I can get for SSDI?
If you have a terminal condition, your decision will be made within 30 days if possible. Disability Determination Services (DDS is the agency that makes decisions on all disability claims for the Social Security Administration) management monitors TERI or disability cases that involve a terminal condition; consequently, they are processed quickly.
If you do not have a terminal condition, Social Security offers two other processing programs that may offer you a quicker decision.
The first is the Compassionate Disability Allowance (CAL), which lists more than 200 conditions that qualify for a quick disability medical approval. You can find the current CAL list on www.ssa.gov. This list continues to grow as new conditions are submitted for consideration.
The second is the Quick Disability Determination (QDD) process and this involves a computer algorithm that allows Social Security to identify disability cases that are likely to result in a favorable determination and in which the medical evidence is readily available. If your disability case is identified as a QDD case, it will the prioritized and processed as expeditiously as possible.
In addition to the above mentioned disability case scenarios, you may get a quicker decision if you are a veteran who has 100% disability with the VA. Your disability claim will be prioritized for a quick determination.
In the case of VA disability beneficiaries, it is important to note that 100% VA disability will not guarantee an approval just quicker processing. Social Security and the VA use different criteria when determining if you are disabled and as such their determinations are not always in agreement.
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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