In our last Social Security disability benefits article, we discussed how some people can have their SSDI application fast-tracked through the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program. In this article, we will discuss the second way that you may have your SSDI or SSI benefits application fast-tracked: the Quick Disability Determination program, also known as QDD.
The Quick Disability Determination program consists of having a computer program analyze each electronic disability benefits application for certain hints that the applicant is in fact disabled. After the computer program flags these cases, a Social Security claims representative will review the case and perhaps approve it without the need for further examination from experts or officials.
This method of fast-tracking along with Compassionate Allowances fast-tracking is expected to help 150,000 just this year receive disability benefits. About four percent of all applicants will benefit from either QDD or Compassionate Allowances fast-tracking.
Common cases that are fast-tracked with the QDD program include premature babies, those with kidney failure or kidney disease, and those with serious cancers. Fast tracking cuts most approval times to ten days as opposed to many months (and sometimes years).
While no one truly knows what algorithms the computer program uses to determine while disability benefits applications are chosen for possible QDD approval, there are a few things you can do to make certain that your application is not delayed:
• Make certain that all of the information on your application is clear and accurate.
• Make sure that your medical records clearly prove that you suffer from a disability that prevents you from working.
• Include a current list of medications.
• Include the names and contact information for your doctors and medical professionals.
Whether or not your disability qualifies for either fast tracking program, a Dallas Social Security disability benefits attorney will be able to help you turn in a thorough and accurate application to the SSA. If your application has already been denied, we may be able to help you fight for your benefits through the appeal process. Call us today to learn more.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.