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Filing for Disability - Can you speed up the Social Security Disability process?

What you can or cannot do to speed up a social security disability claim depends on where your claim is within the system, meaning the level that it is currently pending at.

Before you have an active Disability Claim

If you have not yet filed a claim but have an appointment for a disability application interview at a social security office, you can make the process go more smoothly and reduce additional processing time by simply having ready all the information that would be required by the claims representative (the CR is the social security employee who does the intake for the disability application and then sends it to a disability examiner so that a medical-vocational decision can be made on the case).

What do you need to bring with you? The following items should probably be taken with you: an original birth certificate, your social security card, information regarding any life insurance policies, stocks, or investments you might have (assets are considered for the SSI disability program, but not for the SSD, or social security disability program), a picture id, proof of marriage or divorce (in the case of disabled widow/widower’s claims), and a DD214 if you have prior military service.

You should also bring the following information which will be used by a disability claims examiner to render a decision on your case:

1. A list of all your current medications including the dosages and what they are taken for.

2. A written history of the jobs you have held in the last 15 years--which is the "relevant period" for which the social security administration will review the requirements of your job and compare this to your current level of physical and/or mental functional capacity.

3. A list of all your medical treatment sources. You should be careful to include all of your treatment sources even if you do not think they are crucial to your case. It does happen occasionally that a person will be approved for disability not based on the condition that they think disables them but, rather, based on some other condition that they have and which is documented in a particular doctor's or clinic's records.

When supplying your list of treatment sources, it will be helpful to the disability examiner to include dates of treatment (particularly when you were last seen), names of doctors and clinics and hospitals, and addresses, if possible. Supplying this kind of information can help your case avoid processing slowdowns. Why? Because the most time-consuming part of the disability evaluation process is the wait for medical records after they have been requested by an examiner.

Records requests are typically generated on the very same day that a disability examiner has received a case from the social security office where the claim has been filed. But requests for records cannot be sent out if the examiner is not able to identify the medical provider.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How are Social Security Disability cases decided? - the Process Social Security Uses In Every Disability Case
What is the process for approving a Social Security disability claim?
Filing for Disability - Can you speed up the Social Security Disability process?
Why is the Social Security Disability Decision Process So Slow?
Crucial Information about the Social Security Disability Application Process and SSI
Disability Claims Through Social Security — How Long is the Process?
The Social Security disability award notice process in North Carolina
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
The Social Security Disability Approval Process and the Criteria for Decisions
What does it mean when a Social Security Disability claim is expedited?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria