Expediting your application for SSD benefits

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Under special conditions, you qualify for faster processing for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim. Instead of waiting months for a response from an SSD office in New York, you wait for a few weeks. This way, you and your family members are quickly guaranteed the disability benefits that you deserve.

Qualifying medical conditions

Applicants for Social Security Disability qualify if they have one or more specific medical conditions. This list of conditions is released through the Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program. The list includes serious, life-threatening illnesses that often result in temporary or permanent disabilities. Each illness is required to meet the SSD definition for disability, which includes preventing the ability to work or increasing the risk of death.

Automated decisions

Fast-tracking tens of thousands of online applications requires the use of the Quick Disability Determination (QDD) computerized system. Screening applicants for the receipt of benefits is done automatically by scanning for specific keywords and phrases.

Terminal illnesses

Applications that reveal signs of terminal illnesses are automatically marked for faster processing. Terminal conditions include late-stage cancers, dementia and advanced heart disease. Patients who are shown to be in hospice are included.

Special circumstances

High-risk conditions that do not involve specific diseases can be marked for fast-tracking. Applicants that have no income or low income and those who are extremely low weight are marked for consideration.

Fast-tracking SSD applications

Applying for disability benefits can be expedited for review, whether you apply online, by mail or in person. A software system marks the applications that indicate certain illnesses on the CAL list. Each year, hundreds of thousands of applicants qualify for faster application decisions, which is mainly based on the severity of their medical conditions.