You probably know that appealing a decision about your disability claim can take a very long time, from several months to well over a year. No matter where you are in the process of your disability claim, there are some circumstances where the Social Security Administration (SSA) may expedite your case.
If your situation fits one of the below five categories, it may be designated a "critical case" by the SSA, and if so it will be processed faster.
To get your case expedited, you should send your request to the SSA and include as much documentation as possible to support your claim that your situation qualifies for the critical case process.
Remember that even if your case fits one of the above five categories, it does not mean you will be found eligible. It just means you will get a decision faster than if it was not designated a critical case.
There is one other rare situation where you may be able to expedite your appeal and go directly to a federal District Court. If you are claiming that the only issue in your case is based on the constitutionality of a provision in the Social Security Act, you can submit a written request to the SSA that your appeal should be expedited to the federal court level. There are very specific technicalities and procedural requirements that must be met in order for your case to qualify for an expedited appeal to the federal court, so you should contact an experienced Social Security attorney.
You might want to consider hiring a representative to help you get your case expedited and handle your appeal. You should be able to hire a qualified attorney at no up-front cost to you. If you have questions about whether or not your case qualifies as a critical case, the SSA recommends you call the Congressional and Public Affairs Branch at 703-605-8000. You can also call your local SSA office, and they should be able to assist you or at least point you in the right direction.