Social Security Disability (SSD) insurance could keep someone from suffering extreme financial hardships when unable to work. Although the bar for approval is high, many people receive a positive response from the agency. Unfortunately, the time required for a positive response may lead to bills piling up at a North Carolina resident’s home. A way to speed up the process involves pursuing a fast-track decision from the agency.
SSD applications and the fast-track option
Not everyone is eligible for a fast-track decision from the Social Security Administration. The applicant would need to prove he or she has a specific medical condition that meets the qualifications for the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program.
While the number of eligible conditions for SSD assistance is vast, only 254 meet the requirements for the CAL program. The conditions include acute leukemia, child lymphoma, Wolman disease, prostate cancer, and 250 more.
Applications that go through the fast-track process could receive approvals within a few days. That would be a significantly faster result than the normal wait time of several months.
Speeding up the process
Software and automated systems can scan applications to determine if the applicant meets baseline criteria. If the scan results in a mistake, an eligible person might not move on to the quickened review process. When an error occurs, the applicant may need to take further action to address the matter.
SSD applications require evidence of conditions, such as medical records. Although an application may meet the criteria for the fast-track solution, the application is not automatically approved. Expect a detailed review.
A denied application does not mean the process is necessarily over. Going forward with the steps of the appeal could lead to the reversal of an adverse decision. Applicants may benefit from reviewing their applications carefully to avoid delays and denials caused by errors.