The Claims Process – What the Social Security Administration is doing to speed up the process | St. Petersburg Social Security Disability Attorney

Over 2.5 million American apply for Social Security Disability benefits every year. Only one third are approved at the initial application stage which takes on average of three months.

That means 1,675,000 Americans who are denied Social Security disability benefits must begin the lengthy and time-consuming appeal process.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) have begun several new programs to try to reduce the average processing time.

The first is in the Quick Disability Determination (QDD) which is a computer model that allows the Social Security Administration to screen cases with a high potential for approval.

The second is Compassionate Allowances which are a way of identifying medical conditions that qualify under Hurdle 3, the Listing of Impairments. If you can establish that your disabling condition meets a listing, the Social Security Administration will grant your benefits at Hurdle 3. You can learn more about compassionate allowances and whether you’re disabling condition meets a listing at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionate allowances.

The last is the new National Hearing Center (NHC) which allows the agency to use video teleconferencing for hearings in those areas that have the longest back log. The Social Security Administration also hired 175 new Administrative Law Judges.

We hope the additional staff and fast tracking will reduce the waiting time and improve the disability process. For more help you can contact us here.

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