People who file for Social Security Disability Insurance usually hope they can get benefits as quickly as possible because they can’t make ends meet without being able to work. Unfortunately, the application process isn’t always quick.
In some cases, it can take three or four months for the initial phase of the process. It’s not uncommon to have to file an appeal because the initial decision is a denial. Some people who are filing don’t have that long to wait because their condition may result in death before they’re able to get through the application period.
Compassionate allowances list
The Social Security Administration maintains a list of conditions that are so serious that they automatically qualify for benefits. The list contains hundreds of conditions, including pancreatic cancer and congenital myotonic dystrophy. There are even certain forms of mesothelioma on the list.
Applications with any of the conditions on the compassionate allowances list are fast-tracked through processing. There isn’t anything special you have to do to make this happen. The computer system automatically flags applications that contain any of these conditions, so be sure you have your medical conditions named correctly when you apply. You should also have the proper documentation from your doctor to show the diagnosis.
Anyone who’s filing for SSDI should ensure they understand the process, their rights and their responsibilities. This may help them to get their claim handled as quickly as possible. Working with someone who’s familiar with these matters is beneficial so you know that you can count on their knowledge as you work through the process.