What does it mean when a Social Security Disability claim is expedited?

Hi I am 51 years old and live in Massachusetts. Ive been diagnosed with major depression and schizophrenia. I'm on a lot of meds. I applied August 2013. Its now December of 2014 and my claim is being expedited. I hope this good news.

Expediting means that your claim should make it through the disability evaluation process faster than most claims.

It sounds like they are putting your disability claim on a fast decision processing track due to your disabling condition of major depression and your disagnosis of schizophrenia. Social Security has a couple of ways to fast track disability claims: QDD and Compassionate Allowance.

I would say your disability claim may be a QDD (Quick Disability Determination) case. The QDD process uses a computer-based predictive model to identify cases where a favorable disability determination is likely and medical evidence is readily available. Since you have mental health disabilities and you are receiving, I assume, regular treatment, I would guess you fit their predictive model for disability cases that are likely to be approved. I hope this is true for your disability claim.

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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