Eligibility for Expedited Disability Benefit Hearings

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Ian C. Langtree - Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2013/04/23 - Updated: 2022/02/03
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Under SSA guidelines expedited disability benefit hearings may be available in several situations. 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. Applicants who have a medical condition on the SSA's Compassionate Allowances list may be eligible for expedited processing. Compassionate Allowances are specific medical conditions so severe that they obviously meet the agency's definition of disability.

Introduction

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.

Main Digest

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.

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 Cases 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:

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Cite This Page (APA): Langtree, I. C. (2013, April 23 - Last revised: 2022, February 3). Eligibility for Expedited Disability Benefit Hearings. Disabled World. Retrieved July 20, 2024 from www.disabled-world.com/disability/expedited.php

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