CRITICAL CONDITIONS CASES WITH EXPEDITED REVIEW
Critical disability conditions cases are those the SSA believes deserve special attention. These cases are seen as needing “expedited review.” When Cannon Disability Law requests expedited review your case moves more quickly through the disability review process. Therefore, your receive your benefits more quickly.
However, only certain disabilities qualify for a fast review. You may think you have a critical case, but you will need to review the list to see. You can find some critical conditions in the list below.
However, the full list of disabling conditions that qualify for quick processing is found on Social Security’s website. Call us or contact us now to see if your case qualifies as a critical case. Our phone number is (801) 322-2121.
Terminal Diseases qualify as Critical Conditions Case
Some of the conditions are:
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Terminal Illness
- Heart Failure
- Requiring 24/7 Oxygen and Inability to Care for Personal Needs
Cancer qualifies as a Critical Conditions Case
- Any Stage IV Cancer
- Cancer of the Esophagus
- Cancer of the Liver or Pancreas Brain Cancer
Awaiting Organ Transplant Also Qualify for Quicker Review
- Lung Transplant
- Heart Transplant
- Liver Transplant
- Bone Marrow Transplant
- Receiving Home-Hospice Care Services
These disabling impairments are severe diseases that threaten the lives of claimants. SSA recognizes that if you apply for benefits and you have these impairments, you may not live to receive your benefits. So, instead of leaving your case on the normal waiting track, they fast-track the case so you can receive your benefits as soon as possible.
FILING THE APPLICATION IS THE ONLY WAY TO WIN CRITICAL DISABILITY CONDITIONS BENEFITS
All of these disabling conditions qualify for the SSA’s quick review process. As stated before, Social Security’s website publishes the full list of conditions. Go to the site and type “expedited review” in the search bar. That will give you the list. Obviously, if you are suffering from one of these disabilities, you may not have the ability to file for benefits on your own.
At Cannon Disability Law, we will help you file your application. For instance, we can obtain much of the information we need by phone. If that doesn’t work, we are flexible, and can pick up paperwork from you. We will do what we can to file your application as soon as possible.
Do not hesitate to contact our office. There is a 5 month waiting period for benefits for everyone who applies for Social Security Disability benefits. The 5 month waiting period means you wait 5 months for benefits, even if you file your the application on the day you stop working. Additionally, you aren’t eligible for any benefits unless you file an application. Every day you wait to file, is a day that you lose money.
PRESUMPTIVE DISABILITY OR BLINDNESS PAYMENTS – SSI CASES ONLY
If your case is for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for disability or blindness, SSA may make presumptive disability (PD) or presumptive blindness (PB) payments for up to 6 months while you are waiting for the Disability Determination Services (DDS) to make a final decision.
SSA’s decision to grant PD or PB payments is based on the severity of your condition. It is also based on the evidence available at the time and the high likelihood that your claim will be ultimately approved. It is not based on your financial need.
PRESUMPTIVE DISABILITY EXAMPLES
- amputation of a leg at the hip;
- deafness; that is, no sound perception in either ear;
- total blindness; that is, no light perception in either eye;
- allegation of bed confinement or immobility without a wheelchair, walker, or crutches, due to a longstanding condition excluding recent accident and recent surgery;
- cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or muscular atrophy and marked difficulty in walking (for example the use of braces), speaking, or coordination of the hands or arms;
- a physician confirms by telephone or in a signed statement that an individual has a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less; or a physician or knowledgeable hospice official (for example, hospice coordinator, staff nurse, social worker or medical records custodian) confirms that an individual is receiving hospice services because of a terminal illness:
- spinal cord injury producing an inability to ambulate without the use of a walker or bilateral hand-held assistive devices for more than two weeks with confirmation of such status from an acceptable medical source;
- end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring chronic dialysis and the file contains a completed CMS-2728-U3 (End Stage Renal Disease Medical Evidence Report-Medicare Entitlement and/or Patient Registration).
CHILDHOOD PRESUMPTIVE DISABILITY EXAMPLES
- Down syndrome;
- intellectual disability or another neurodevelopmental impairment (for example, autism spectrum disorder) with complete inability to independently perform basic self-care activities (such as toileting, eating, dressing, or bathing) made by another person filing on behalf of a claimant who is at least 4 years of age;
- child has not attained his or her first birthday and the birth certificate or other medical evidence shows a weight below 1,200 grams (2 pounds, 10 ounces) at birth:
- child has not attained his or her first birthday and available medical evidence shows a gestational age (GA) at birth with these corresponding birth-weights:
- – GA: 37-40 weeks; weight at birth: 2000 grams (4 pounds, 6 ounces) or less;
– GA: 36 weeks; weight at birth: 1875 grams (4 pounds, 2 ounces) or less;
– GA: 35 weeks; weight at birth: 1700 grams (3 pounds, 12 ounces) or less;
– GA: 34 weeks; weight at birth: 1500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces) or less; or
– GA: 33 weeks; weight at birth: at least 1200 grams, but no more than 1325 grams (2 pounds, 15 ounces) or less;
– GA: 32 weeks; weight at birth; at least 1,200 grams (2 pounds, 10 ounces), but less than 1,325 grams (2 pounds, 15 ounces).
You can see why these cases of children, particularly those of low birth weight, qualify under the rules for critical disability conditions review.
NO REPAYMENT IN PRESUMPTIVE DISABILITY CASES
Most importantly, the SSA does not ask you to repay these presumptive disability or PB payments. For instance, you do not have to pay back these benefits, even if you are later found to be not disabled or blind. Therefore, it is important to call our Social Security Disability lawyers and file for benefits today. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting us.
Our lawyers and staff have years of experience helping people with disabilities. We have won critical disability conditions cases in the past. If you want to hire us to represent you in disability case, then you may want to learn more about our representatives.
You can learn more on our About Us page. For instance, you may want to know that Dianna Cannon has been practicing Social Security law for thirty years. She has won thousands of disability cases. Also, Brett Bunkall and Andria Summers have also won thousands of disability clams. Together, we have won over 20,000 SSDI and SSI cases for our clients. Many of those cases have been people with critical disability conditions.
Additionally, we offer a free consultation. There is no charge for us to evaluate your case. We can explain to you if you have a good case and also if there is anything we can do to help you. If any of these disabilities apply to you, call us now. You can also contact us using this website.