We had previously discussed the technique for attempting to expedite an SSDI claims hearing by submitting a dire need letter for review by a Administrative Law Judge. These letters are sometimes effective in speeding up the process and avoiding lengthy delays. Because the Social Security hearing office often sees hundreds of these type of letters, its important to write one that is effective in creating action. When drafting a dire need letter, which shows that waiting the normal amount of time for your SSDI claims hearing will cause extreme financial consequences, follow these tips for better success:
- A dire need letter should always be written by the claimant themselves, not a representative, Erisa attorney, family member or friend.
- Include as much detail and proof as possible. Include overdue bills, foreclosure or eviction notices, prescription medications that you need on a routine basis, threats of car repossession and other critical expenses that cannot be ignored. The claims office gives top priority to those who are in danger of losing their home, so if this is true for you, make sure to list that as the first item in your letter.
- Include all documentation that is pertinent to your financial picture. Past due notices, foreclosure notices, and eviction letters all help to support your claims.
- Send your letter to the closest ODAR office to you. That address can be obtained by calling Social Security at 800-772-1213.
The team at ERISA Law Center is dedicated to helping each and every one of our clients fight for their rightful Social Security disability benefits and strive to do so in a timely and efficient manner. If you are experiencing the stress of Erisa benefits denial, contact us at 888-883-7472 for a free consultation now.