Applying for Social Security Disability is becoming an ever increasingly long process. For the first time the backlog of individuals awaiting a disability hearing surpassed the 10 million mark. Currently in Utah it is taking anywhere from 6-24 months to get a hearing scheduled. This has many people asking if there is any way to expedite their claim.
Social Security has recognized that certain conditions put applicants at greater risk. To help fight backlog they have come up with a program called compassionate allowances. It is difficult to be approved for compassionate allowances, this makes sense because if everybody got their hearings “expedited” nobody’s claim would be pushed up. Social Security has determined the following conditions as “at risk.”
- Rare Diseases
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Stroke
- Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Multiple Organ Transplants
- Autoimmune Disease
If you have one of these conditions you may qualify for compassionate allowances which will expedite your claim. Not everyone with these conditions will qualify for a compassionate allowance. If you have one of these conditions and believe you may qualify for one of these allowances contact your case manager.
Call a Disability Attorney
If you do not already have a disability attorney representing your claim, it is highly recommended that you hire one. Having experienced disability lawyers on your claim can greatly increase your odds of being approved. In addition they also know Social Security’s rules and will do everything that they can to ensure you get your decision as quickly as possible. Call today for your free consultation.