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Are some SSDI applications given preference?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Social Security Disability

To claim Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must prove your condition will prevent you from working for at least twelve months. Few people can afford to go a year without earning, and some may not live for that much longer, so if you need to claim, you’ll be keen to see your payments starting as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the SSDI process can take a long time. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA), the government agency that handles SSDI,  will prioritize some applications.

Some conditions qualify for fast-tracking

The SSA has a list of over 250 so-called Compassionate Allowance Conditions (CAL) that qualify for fast-tracking. When you file your application, the SSA system should automatically register if you have one of these conditions and flag it for priority attention. As with any system, errors can occur.

Just how fast is fast-tracking?

Fast-tracking can give you a quick answer, perhaps within days, as to whether or not the SSA has decided you will receive SSDI. But you may still have to wait a while before you receive your first payout. The SSA will not make the first payout until five months have passed from the date your disabling condition began. 

Can you do anything more to speed up the process?

While you cannot change the rules, you can take steps to increase the chances you are paid as soon as the rules entitle you to be.

SSDI applications are complex, and many people see their claims delayed because they make errors when submitting the form or fail to present enough evidence to convince the SSA their claim is valid. Taking appropriate legal help can increase your chances of a successful and speedy resolution.