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Expedited Claim Processing

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has developed “fast-track” determination processes to reduce decision times for disability applicants who have the most severe disabilities.

Quick Disability Determination Process

Under SSA’s Quick Disability Determination (QDD), a predictive computer model analyzes specific data within electronic claim files to identify cases where there is a high potential that the individual is disabled and where Social Security can quickly obtain evidence of the person’s allegations.

Compassionate Allowance (CAL)

The Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative speeds the disability application process for individuals whose disabilities are so severe that they clearly meet established medical criteria. There are 113 specific conditions, which include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, a number of rare genetic disorders of children, early-onset Alzheimer's disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other disorders.

Military Veterans

If a military service member is seriously injured or disabled while on active duty (on or after Oct. 1, 2001), SSA expedites the processing of disability claims regardless of where their disability occurred. Special protocol is applied to ensure expeditious review.

Contact a Professional Relations Officer (PRO) with questions about expedited claims. Call 800-282-2695 extension 1499.