Will Certain Conditions Fast-Track Your SSD Claim?
Summary: A huge concern among the majority of people who apply for social security disability (SSD) is how long it will take to hear back from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Their worries are understandable, given that many individuals who fit the guidelines for SSD approval face mounting bills exacerbated by a lowered household income stream. In their world, time is of the essence, and every day counts.
While a great majority of SSD claims take an average of numerous weeks or even months to go through the evaluation process system, some can be “fast-tracked” thanks to Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowances. Consequently, individuals who fall within those programs’ parameters should expect to receive claim status faster, especially if their condition is terminal. In fact, the SSA is committed to getting some claims approved within several days, which expedites monthly payments to both children and adults with serious and/or life threatening disabilities.
Understanding SDD’s “Fast-Track” Condition Guidelines
When the SSA receives a claim, its Quick Disability Determinations system leverages leading-edge technology to pinpoint disabilities that are most likely to warrant approval. For instance, a claim may contain keywords that software predicts will end in a positive status. The claim is then earmarked to be processed first, because it is likely to be approvable with minimal problems. By taking advantage of available technology, the SSA no longer needs human intervention to immediately spot claims that are most apt to be approved.
The Compassionate Allowance program works similarly to the Quick Disability Determinations system. Essentially, certain diseases are ruled as more serious than others and, therefore, in need of a rapid response. Understandably, not all conditions that meet SSD’s claim requirements are deemed urgent by the SSA; otherwise, triage would be challenging. Yet the list of compassionate allowance conditions is quite lengthy and includes a plethora of rare children’s disorders, many brain disorders, and a variety of cancers. Most recently, superficial siderosis of the central nervous system and fibrolamellar cancer were added to the directory, among others.
Recognizing the Importance of Proper SSD Claim Information
Despite the Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowances processes, some claims that would otherwise fall under these umbrellas may be denied after review of the initial application. Consequently, individuals who apply for SSD who have conditions listed under Compassionate Allowance, or whose conditions are terminal, should be thorough in documenting and reporting their (or a loved one’s) disabilities.
Frequently, SSD claim denials can be traced to incomplete or incorrect application information, including improper terminology and missed documentation. Thus, being conscientious is a plus when applying for SSD, either alone or with the help of a legal representative.
However, even without medical records such as doctors’ reports (which can take weeks to receive from some physicians, clinics, hospitals, and related providers), team members at the SSA may be willing to fast-track a claim toward a positive resolution based only on the type of impairment. In those situations, the claim processors will contact medical personnel on the claimant’s behalf, streamlining the normal protocol and shortening the wait.
To be sure, though, the SSA still can make errors, including denying SSD claims that legitimately belong in a “fast-track” program. For this reason, those who have received denials who feel they fall under the Compassionate Allowance or Quick Disability Determinations window may want to connect with an SSD lawyer for advice and legal assistance. Not only does that help them get the benefits they need to support themselves and/or their loved ones, but they may experience fewer financial hardships related to unpaid expenses or significant debt.
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