It can take a very long time to get a Social Security Disability appeals hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). In most cases, appeals are heard in the order they are filed. However, under certain circumstances, a request can be made for a case to be considered earlier.
You May Qualify for an Expedited Hearing If You Face Dire Circumstances
In order to get an expedited hearing you will need to send a letter to the Social Security Administration’s Office for Disability Adjudication and Review. The letter should explain your “dire need” for a quick determination of Social Security disability benefits. Some examples of what may be considered to be dire need include:
- Loss of housing or eviction from your home
- Loss of access to medication
Generally, when you are unable to work because of your disability and you cannot pay for essential costs such as housing, food, or medical care, you may have a dire need for a quick hearing, and these types of dire circumstances may allow you to get your Social Security disability hearing expedited.
Do You Have an Urgent Need for a Quick Hearing?
In cases of dire need, our Social Security Disability benefits attorneys will prepare a Social Security Disability dire need memorandum. We will explain your circumstances and request an early review of your case. We can even ask for an “on the record decision”—one made without appearing before a judge.
We will work hard to get you the Social Security disability benefits you deserve and that you qualify for as quickly as possible. To discuss the specifics of your case, please contact us today via this website. We would be pleased to offer you a free consultation and to help you get the benefits you deserve as quickly as possible.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.