At first glance, there is no way to speed up your Social Security disability benefits claim. There is a backlog of cases, and you have to wait in line for your case to be heard. just like everyone else.
However, you should keep a few things in mind during your application process that could potentially save you months of waiting. Specifically, you can:
- Check the Compassionate Allowances list. If you are suffering from one of the very serious medical conditions listed by the Social Security Administration in the Compassionate Allowances Initiative, you qualify for an expedited application process. The Social Security Administration began the Compassionate Allowance program in 2008 and continually makes updates to the conditions that are included for expedited review.
- Fill out your initial application completely and accurately. Two out of three applications for Social Security disability benefits are rejected at first. In many cases, it is simply because the applicant did not provide enough information proving their disability or because the applicant did not fill out the application correctly. While these applicants may eventually qualify for benefits, they will have to wait extra time while they go through the appeals process.
- Hire a Social Security disability lawyer. A lawyer can make sure your application is completed accurately and can monitor the status of your application to make sure there are no unnecessary delays. Additionally, if an appeal needs to be filed, a lawyer can do so as quickly as possible.
You become eligible for Social Security disability benefits in the sixth full month after your disability onset date. Our goal is to help you get the Social Security disability benefits you deserve as close to your eligibility date as possible so that you can start receiving the benefits to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, please schedule an initial consultation with us today. You can reach us by phone or via this website at your convenience.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.