If you have become disabled, it’s important to begin working on your Social Security disability benefits application right away because it can take a long time to get benefits.
Time to Get a Decision
Here is an estimate of the amount of time it may take for you to get your benefits, based on figures from the Social Security Administration (SSA) themselves.
- Initial application: 3-5 months (3-5 months total) (The earliest you could receive benefits is 6 months after you become disabled.)
- Reconsideration Appeal: 3-5 months (6-10 months total)
- Appeal Hearing: 9-14 months in Ohio ODARs (15-24 months total)
- Appeal Hearing Decision: 1 month after hearing (16-25 months total)
- Appeals Council Review: 13 months after request (29-38 months total)
- Federal Court Lawsuit: 2+ years (4.5 years or more)
This of course neglects the time it takes for you to actually prepare your application, make decisions about filing appeals, adding more information to your file, and more, which can add up to two months at each stage.
Time to Get Benefits
Once you actually get a decision, you then have to wait to get your benefits. Here is the timetable on which you can expect benefits.
- 1 month to receive payments for new benefits.
- Up to 3 months to receive retroactive benefit payments.
With these additional delays, it’s even more important that you begin your application as soon as you know you are likely going to be disabled for a year or more.
Because many disabling conditions may also result in extreme hardship and a dramatically reduced life expectancy, SSA allows for your case to be expedited if you qualify for what it describes as compassionate allowances. These allow your case to be processed much more quickly so you can get benefits more rapidly under certain conditions. Do you qualify for compassionate allowances?
For help filing a Social Security disability benefits application or ways you can speed up the process, please contact us today
Do You Qualify for Compassionate Allowances?
Under normal circumstances, it can take months or years for you to get a decision about your disability benefits. However, if your condition is sufficiently serious, you may qualify for an expedited process that allows your claim to be processed more quickly so you can get benefits more quickly.
What Are Compassionate Allowances?
Compassionate allowances allow the Social Security Administration (SSA) to quickly identify diseases and conditions that are always or nearly always sufficient to qualify you for disability. It is a way for the SSA to get benefits to the neediest applicants on the shortest possible timetable.
Based on objective medical information, the SSA has assembled a list of conditions that qualify people for compassionate allowances. The list initially began with 150 conditions, but now has expanded to 200 conditions, and there are plans to continue to grow the list.
How Does the List of Compassionate Allowance Conditions Grow?
The SSA holds hearings to talk to doctors and other members of the community about conditions that should be on the list of compassionate allowance conditions. After the initial list was created, the SSA held hearings on:
- Rare diseases
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia
- Cardiovascular disease
- Multiorgan transplants and autoimmune diseases
These hearings have allowed the SSA to add new compassionate allowance conditions.
Benefits of Compassionate Allowances
Although there is no additional money given for compassionate allowance conditions, there are many other benefits for people who qualify. First is the time it takes to get a decision. Instead of the months or years a traditional SSDI application takes to be considered, people with compassionate allowance conditions may get a response within a few weeks.
You will also have reduced paperwork requirements because much of the information required for disability applications are simply not necessary for considering your application.
Make Sure You Qualify
If you think you might be eligible for a compassionate allowance, it’s important that you make sure that fact is clear to the committee considering your application. We can help you assemble application materials so that your eligibility is clear to the committee.
For help with a social security disability application, please contact us today for a free eligibility evaluation.