You may feel frustrated after applying for Social Security Disability Insurance if the U.S. Social Security Administration is slow to respond to your claim. The processing time for SSDI claims is often lengthy. However, there are a few distinct circumstances under which you may be able to have the SSA fast-track your claim.
The SSA maintains a list of what is calls “compassionate allowances.” Compassionate allowances are conditions that are especially severe or quick to progress. If you have one, it may result in your application moving closer to the top of the pile. You do not have to do anything specific when applying to request a fast-track unless your condition does not appear on the compassionate allowances list and you believe it should.
Compassionate allowance conditions
There are several hundred conditions that may qualify you for a compassionate allowance. If you have one of many forms of fast-moving cancer, among them esophageal, gallbladder or certain forms of bladder, kidney or breast cancers, you may qualify for a compassionate allowance.
If you move into hospice care, this, too, should warrant a compassionate allowance. Many noncancerous conditions may also qualify you for a compassionate allowance. The SSA maintains a full database on its website of all conditions that currently qualify.
If your condition does not appear on the SSA’s compassionate allowances list and you think it should, you may contact the administration to request consideration.
All SSDI claimants must go through a waiting period before receiving SSDI benefits. This holds true even if your condition appears on the compassionate allowances list. It takes at least five months from the date you became disabled before you may start getting benefits.