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Social Security: Dire Need Process

January 21, 2013

Anyone who is involved in a Social Security Disability claim knows how difficult and lengthy the process can be and when individuals are waiting on a hearing, finances can run very low and oftentimes people are unable to afford their housing and/or utilities and face eviction, foreclosure or an uninhabitable home. Or they can’t afford medicine or medical treatment without which threatens the individual’s safety. If this is the case for an individual claimant waiting for a hearing, there is something that can be done to try and shorten the time for your hearing and that is to request an expedited hearing based on “dire need”. Attorney Ana Burkham Rattray has been using this tool successfully in her practice for years to get faster hearings for her clients whenever it applies.

In order to request a faster Social Security Disability hearing based on “dire needs” It is important to draft a letter and send to the Social Security ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) that is handling your case. The letter needs to explain the claimant’s current situation and very importantly, documentation needs to be attached which supports the request. Examples of such documentation include: letters of eviction from landlords, utility shut offs, foreclosure petitions or other notices, and letters from your health care provider explaining your need for medicine or treatment.

The social security website explaining what constitutes a dire need is: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/hallex/I-03/I-3-1-51.html

If you are contemplating filing for Social Security Disability (SSDI or SSI) or are anywhere in the process, please contact us at Sigman Janssen Stack Sewall & Pitz, our team of attorneys and staff strives to get our clients the best result possible, while helping them understand the legal process. At Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz, our team of attorneys and staff strives to get our clients the best results possible, while helping them understand the legal process.

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