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Can you get a Social Security Disability decision in under a month?

There is a small possibility of getting a Social Security disability decision in under a month with any disability claim, however it is extremely rare if the disability claim does not involve A) terminal medical conditions, B) Quick Disability Determination (QDD) process conditions, or C) Compassionate Allowance conditions.

Social Security disability applicants with terminal illnesses are often able to receive their disability decisions in less than a month. Disability cases that involve terminal conditions are flagged to expedite case processing. Social Security makes every effort to process disability cases that involve terminal conditions expeditiously so that disability beneficiaries can receive disability benefits as soon as possible.

In addition to expedited terminal disability case processing, Social Security has a two-track fast track disability process for disability applicants with severe medical conditions that will most likely lead to an approval for disability benefits.

The first track of the process is the Quick Disability Determination (QDD) process. QDD is a computer model used to analyze specific medical data contained in an electronic disability file. Its purpose is to identify disability claims that show there is a high potential that the disability applicant is disabled and that Social Security can easily get medical evidence to support the their disability allegations.

The second track of the process is the Compassionate Allowance process. Currently, Social Security has one hundred and thirteen conditions that qualify as compassionate allowances. Social Security continues to increase the number of compassionate allowance conditions, so there may be more conditions added to the list in the future.

If a disability applicant has a compassionate allowance condition or they have a medical condition that lends itself to the QDD process, they will most often receive a disability decision in less than thirty days.

If the disability claim does not involve a condition that is terminal nor any kind of condition that would allow it to be processed through the QDD or Compassionate allowances disability process, it may still be processed quickly. If a disability applicant provides all the necessary medical evidence or if Social Security is able to get their records in a short amount of time, they may potentially receive a decision within thirty days.

However, it is important to remember that not all disability decisions are an approval even if the decision is received in less than thirty days.

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

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How the Decision on a Disability Application or Appeal is Made
Who Makes The Social Security Disability Decision, A Judge Or A Caseworker?
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Still Waiting For My Social Security Disability Decision
The average amount of time it takes for a disability decision
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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