The Elder and Disability Law Firm, APC
How to quicken the pace of a benefits case
Those in California who have applied for disability benefits may be able to ask that their case be handled in an expedited manner. A dire need request could be granted if a person feels that he or she is in danger of losing a home or not being able to afford medication. In some cases, an application will be reviewed faster because an applicant has a terminal illness of because an applicant has a presumptive disability.
However, at the initial application and reconsideration level, there is generally no other way to have a case reviewed quicker. Once a case gets to the hearing level, a dire need request could allow the case to be heard in a more timely manner. An attorney may also request an on-the-record review of the matter, which could reduce the amount of time it takes to grant benefits.
A bench decision can also cut down on the amount of time needed to resolve a case because the ruling can be much shorter. Therefore, there is no need for another person to compile information and write a formal decision letter. It is important to note that if a dire need request is granted, it will have no bearing on the outcome of the case. It is also worth noting that bench decisions are not a common method for resolving a disability case.
Individuals who are applying for SSI or SSD benefits may help their cause by filing application documents in a timely manner. They may also benefit from submitting as much information as possible in the initial application. Seeking help from an attorney or other representative may also make it possible for a case to be heard faster. Ultimately, that could help an injured person receive benefits before a dire event occurs.