We have written in the past in this space about wait times involved in filing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. In Raleigh, the wait for a hearing on your claim averages about 15 months.
But there are certain situations in which the Social Security Administration (SSA) actually acts quickly in the SSDI approval process. The SSA has a Quick Disability Determination (QDD) method that it uses to expedite certain claims.
The SSA uses a predictive computer program to analyze the electronic data in claims. This predictive model filters for factors that show a high probability that an applicant will be determined to be disabled according to SSA standards. That SSDI application is then forwarded to a QDD team for review and a decision.
The difference in processing and approval times between the QDD and the regular determination process is night and day. Last year, the processing time for QDD averaged 19 days.
The SSA has another expedited process for terminal illness cases and still another in what it calls Compassionate Allowance cases. The people who included in Compassionate Allowances have conditions that the SSA says “primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and a number of rare disorders that affect children.” The SSA “identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability” and moves the application through the process to “quickly make decisions.”
Most Raleigh applicants will go through the regular application process, of course, but we’re grateful that people in the most difficult situations can in some cases get needed benefits quickly.
If you’re applying for SSDI or have applied and been denied, to an attorney experienced in helping applicants gain approval in both initial applications and appeals.