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Expedited Disability Benefit Hearings - Are You Eligible

  • Published: 2013-04-23 (Revised/Updated 2015-02-20) : Author: Kenneth Hiller : Contact: -
  • Synopsis: Under SSA guidelines expedited disability benefit hearings may be available in several situations.

Quote: "An expedited case does not increase your chances of securing SSD or SSI benefits, but it can result in a hearing being scheduled more quickly."

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Despite efforts to reduce a backlog of cases, an application for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can take a long time.

Nationally, the average wait time for a hearing before an administrative law judge is about 11.4 months, according to a website that tracks Social Security Administration data. In Pennsylvania, applicants for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income wait an average of 12 months for a hearing. In Pittsburgh, the average wait is 13 months, according to data from December 2012.

The extended waiting time can be financially and mentally draining. Wouldn't it be nice if your case could be heard sooner? In some cases, it can.

Reasons A Case Can Be Expedited

The Social Security Administration makes certain types of cases a priority. An expedited case does not increase your chances of securing SSD or SSI benefits, but it can result in a hearing being scheduled more quickly.

Under SSA guidelines, expedited hearings may be available in several situations. Here are four of them:

Contact An Attorney To Learn More

If your case is eligible for an expedited hearing, you could receive a hearing faster. An experienced SSD attorney can advise you on whether your case could be eligible for expedited processing and assist you with the request.

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