Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Quickly
Disability Determination Services, or DDS, are agencies in each state that decide whether or not you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits from the federal government. The Quick Disability Determination Unit (QDD), is a special branch of DDS that can review your claim in order to receive benefits quickly, but only if all issues within your case can be resolved with in 20 days. These issues include your onset date, the date your disability began, and the severity of your impairment.
Only the DDS can refer your claim to the QDD, you cannot make this decision yourself. You may, however, ask the examiner working on your claim whether or not it will be referred to the QDD.
The following items will allow a better chance that your claim is reviewed by the QDD:
• DDS has been provided all of your records (medical and non-medical)
• Your onset date is not far back in time
• No complex vocational factors that will complicate the decision in your case (age, education, work experience, etc.)
If your claim is not approved by the QDD, or they do not agree with your onset date, your claim will be referred back to the DDS in order to resolve any outstanding issues.
The QDD may not deny your claim without input from a medical consultant, though they can allow a claim without a medical consultant’s input. SSA believes that when no doctors are involved, examiners may make better decisions.
To increase your chances of winning your Social Security Disability claim it is important for you to hire an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to get you the Social Security Disability help you deserve. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a form on our website for a FREE claim evaluation.