If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you are currently unable to work. So, unless you happen to be incredibly wealthy, the sooner the Social Security Administration (SSA) processes your application, the better. Not only will an approval see money flowing into your account once more, but it can also end to the worry that uncertainty can bring.
However, some people clearly need a decision much faster than others. For instance, if they do not have long to live. Will the SSA speed up anyone’s application, or must everyone wait their turn?
The SSA does prioritize some applications
To understand if the SSA will fast-track your application, you need to see if your condition is on their “Compassionate Allowances List” (CAL). This list specifies over 250 disabling conditions. If the condition you put on your form matches one of these specified, then the SSA system should pick it up and move your claim through faster.
It’s still not instantaneous
Even if the SSA does prioritize your application, you won’t see a cent of any claim awarded for at least five months since your disabling condition began. You cannot change that. All you can do is take every caution to prevent the process from taking any longer than necessary.
SSDI claims are complex, and small nuances in how you write something could make a huge difference. As can what supporting evidence you supply. Getting help to complete your application in the right ways can reduce the chance of experiencing avoidable delays or rejections.