Often during the application process for Social Security disability our clients ask us…Is my case a dire needs case? What is a dire needs request? How can I speed up the process.

It’s important to understand what a dire needs request is so that you know whether or not it is an option for you.

Under special circumstances Social Security may expedite your case through the processes. When you make a request for your case to be expedited, that is a dire needs request. It is not easy to qualify for dire needs. There are certain circumstances that need to be met in order to have your case expedited. Reasons Social Security may expedite a case are:

1.      Homelessness: This means you are living in a shelter or on the street. Social Security does not consider a person homeless if they are staying with friends and family.

2.      Utilities Shut Off: Some situations where utilities may be shut off can create a serious problem. That’s why we may be able to send a dire needs request to Social Security if this situation applies to you

3.      Inability to afford life sustaining medical treatment or medication: For example, if you need to have chemo or radiation to continue living, we can send a dire needs request in that situation

4.      Injured Military Personal: It’s possible to expedite a case depending on military status and injury dates

With each one of the circumstances, it’s important to know that we have to submit proof along with the dire needs request. Social Security needs to know that you are in this situation for sure, before they can make a decision on your request.

Even if we submit a request and proof of your circumstances, there are no guarantees that your case will be expedited. Once a request is submitted Social Security reviews it and determines whether or not it’s a situation that warrants moving the case through the application process faster.

If you think you’re in a situation that warrants submitting a dire needs request, but you don’t currently have a representative, please call our office and well see if we can help! If you are already a client and have more questions about dire needs requests, call your case manager. We’d love to address your situation.