Filing for and awaiting a social security claim decision can be a lengthy process. Too lengthy for most, resulting in financial hardship for many. The many delays that arise throughout the process can extend the waiting period even further than normal and usually the financial hardship that is created plays no part in how quickly an individual’s SSDI claim is processed through. However, a dire need letter can sometimes expedite the scheduling of the hearing.
A dire need letter, can move the hearing up in cases where waiting the normal amount of time will cause undue financial stress and consequences. The normal wait time for SSDI claims can sometimes by a year or longer. If you can prove that the hold up will cause you to be evicted, have your home foreclosed on or that you are unable to attain medical attention or needed prescriptions a dire need letter can help move your hearing date closer.
Of course the Social Security hearing office gets hundreds of these letters but the ones who get special attention are those where the claimant is in true danger of becoming homeless because of the delays in the claim process. Where this can work, understand that even if an expedited hearing is granted, the timing of such hearing is not guaranteed and may just be a few months earlier than it would have normally been. However, taking the time to write an effective dire need letter is often worth the time and effort.
Speak to your ERISA attorneys regarding whether your personal situation calls for the writing of a dire need letter as every disability claim is unique. If your disability claim has been denied, get the assistance needed to fight for your benefits at 888-883-7472.