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Definition of Urgent Case Request

There are not many types of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases which are expedited by the Social Security Administration. One type of case which may be expedited, however, is the urgent case. An urgent case request occurs when the SSA determines the claimant's diagnosis is on the SSA Listing of Impairments or the Compassionate Allowance list and presumably will automatically qualify the claimant for SSI benefits. The Disability Determinations Office in each state will make the urgent case request designation, which will automatically trigger expedited processing for the case. Urgent cases may also allow the claimant to receive temporary disability benefit payments. The payments will continue for six months while the SSI application is reviewed and potentially approved by the SSA for full disability benefits.

To win benefits for an urgent case the claimant will have to prove they are disabled, which means they must prove their condition is severe, their condition meets the criteria for a presumptive disability, their income and resources are limited and their medical condition has lasted, or is expected to last, a minimum of 12 months. If the SSA determines the claimant is not disabled they will deny the case, but payments received temporarily for an urgent case generally do not have to be paid back.

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