Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How Can I Expedite My Claim in San Diego?

The process for applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a long one. It can be YEARS between your Initial Application and receiving benefits, if you are awarded at all. It is no doubt frustrating to have to wait that amount of time, but there are a few circumstances in which you can expedite your claim and get it processed more quickly in San Diego.

Severe Illnesses: If you have a terminal illness you may be able to get your claim expedited. An illness is terminal when there is no treatment to reverse the illness and it is expected to end in the claimant’s death.

Some examples of terminal illnesses are:
  • Stage 4 Cancer
  • Being in a coma for 30 days or more
  • Lou Gehrig ’s disease
  • AIDS

Similar to terminal illness cases, there are some illnesses that are so severe that the Social Security administration allows for what are called “Compassionate Allowances” because the illness obviously meets disability standards. An illness that qualifies as a Compassionate Allowance does not have to be terminal. A full list of Compassionate Allowances Conditions can be found at http://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm.

A few examples of illnesses that will qualify for a Compassionate Allowance include:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Many types of cancer
  • Early-Onset Alzheimer’s
  • Heart Transplant Wait List
  • Malignant Multiple Sclerosis.

Military Duty: If you were on active duty in the military at the time of injury and the injury was after October 1, 2001, you may be able to have your claim expedited. It is important to remember that the person need not have been in combat or injured as a result of service, in order to have their claim expedited. They need to have just been on active duty when it occurred.

Dire Need: A claimant who is lacking food, clothing, shelter, or medical care in such a way that there is an immediate threat to their health or safety can also ask for their claim to be expedited. You will normally need some type of evidence to back up a Dire Need claim. This can include an eviction or foreclosure notice, or a utility shut-off notice

With disability processing times often at well over a year, it is essential that you ensure your claim is being processed correctly. Hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer to handle your case will guarantee that no mistakes are made and no further delays are placed on your case. To find out more, visit us at www.socialsecuritylaw.com.

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