Know Your Benefits: SSD for Veterans with A Critical Disability
Some veterans may qualify for both veterans disability benefits and Social Security disability benefits (SSD). If you’ve looked into SSD, you may know that the application and appeals process is slow. Typically, it takes about five months to receive a determination on your SSD application, and sometimes longer. If you’re denied, the appeal process could take two years or more.
Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers a quicker path to a decision in cases they consider a critical disability.
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What is a Critical Disability Case?
Once a case is designated critical, the SSA will determine whether it is possible to make a determination on the record (OTR). If it’s not possible to render an OTR determination, the application receives priority scheduling to move the case forward more quickly. If a critical case is scheduled for hearing and an earlier date becomes available, the applicant will be offered the opportunity to move the hearing to the earlier slot. Any decisions and other post-hearing actions will also be expedited.
Find Out if You Qualify for Critical Case Designation
If you’ve already received a determination of permanent and total disability from the VA, you will qualify for expedited processing. The same is true if your disability is the result of an illness or injury you sustained on active duty after October 1, 2001.
Depending on your disability and other circumstances, your case may be deemed critical even if you don’t qualify under the veteran-specific criteria. But, it’s important to ensure that you provide the SSA with the appropriate documentation to show that your case should be designated critical.
To learn more about how you may be able to get your SSD claim expedited and what will be required to qualify you for critical case designation, call Veterans Help Group today at (855) 855-8992, or contact us here now for a FREE consultation.
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