Is There Any Way I Can Expedite MY SSDI Benefit Application?By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 29, 2014 | In Disability Insurance
It is no secret that the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a lengthy process. However, there are instances, called “critical cases” when a claim can be expedited.
Here are some examples of “critical cases:”
If you find yourself in dire need of food, medical care or shelter the Social Security Administration (SSA) may choose to treat your claim as a critical case. For instance, if you can prove that you are in immediate danger of being evicted by your landlord or if your insurance does not cover much needed medical care, then the government could step in to help you.
Military Service Personnel
The SSA will expedite claims for military personnel for injuries or illnesses that developed on or after Oct. 1, 2001. The disability must have occurred while the claimant was on active duty. There is no requirement, however, that the person be currently on active duty.
The SSA calls these claims “TERI” cases. There are many instances in which the government will flag a claim as a TERI case, but a few of them are:
- The claimant’s disease is considered terminal
- The claimant has AIDS
- The claimant is enrolled in hospice care
- The claimant has certain cancers, such as gallbladder or liver cancer.
There are 165 diseases currently listed that can put you in this category, including pancreatic cancer, small cell lung cancer or mixed dementias.
There are other considerations the SSA takes into account when approving an expedited SSDI claim. The SSDI benefits attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Los Angeles can help you if you believe that you are eligible for an expedited SSDI application. You may be eligible and not even know it. That’s why it is always in your best interest to have a knowledgeable attorney by your side to help you with this often-complicated process. To find out what your options might be, call us toll-free at (800) 438-7734. We can also be contacted online.