No one who is applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) can really afford to wait months for a decision. Yet some people need a resolution even more urgently. For example, those with terminal conditions or those who may be evicted because they can no longer work to pay their rent.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will fast-track some applications, but whose?
Is your condition on the Compassionate Allowance List (CAL)?
Over 250 disabling conditions are on this list, and the SSA’s systems should automatically pick up if yours is and expedite your claim. You should not, however, rely on that. You should not just give in because your condition is not on that list either. There may be other ways to advance your case.
How soon will I get my benefits if I qualify for fast-tracking?
Unfortunately, you will still have to wait at least five months from the date your disabling condition began to receive any SSD money due. But at least you will know sooner that the money is coming as the actual decision to award you benefits can, in some expedited cases, be completed in days.
Take legal help to give yourself the best chance of a speedy resolution
Knowing how to fill in the forms to the SSA’s liking is key to ensuring your SSD application does not face unnecessary delays or rejections. Including the right additional information to tell them why they should consider you for fast-tracking can also speed things up. It is not straightforward, and taking help from a legal team with years of experience in these matters is advisable to give yourself the best chance of a fast and positive resolution to your claim.