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Can Social Security disability benefits for veterans be sped up?

When a resident of Tennessee is suffering from war-related injuries and is unable to work, it might be a concern not just whether or not they will be awarded Social Security disability benefits, but how long they will have to wait to receive them. Some might not be aware that there is a program for the awarding of benefits to be sped up - otherwise referred to as expedited processing - provided they have a rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total disability. Understanding how this can be done is key for those who warrant it.

Having a compensation rating of 100 percent P&T does not automatically mean that Social Security disability benefits will be granted. For the veteran to receive disability, there must be a severe impairment that is expected to last a minimum of 12 months or end in the person's death. The person cannot be able to do any substantial work. In order to receive expedited processing for disability, the person must identify themselves as a veteran with 100 percent P&T when contacting the Social Security Administration. There must also be a notification letter verifying that rating.

When the claimant is identified as being a veteran with 100 percent P&T, the case will be given priority and the process will be rushed. There are several factors that will determine how long it will take to be approved. They are: what the disability is; how rapidly the SSA can get the medical proof regarding the issues the person suffers from; and whether or not it is required to send the claimant to get a medical examination for more evidence supporting the claim.

Veterans and Social Security disability is a major issue today given the number of people who are returning from the service with injuries, illnesses or conditions whether mental or physical. For those who are suffering from war-related injuries and have concerns about the speed at which their SSD claims will be approved, a legal professional who is experienced with veterans disability benefits can help with a claim.

Source: ssa.gov, "Expedited Processing of Veteran's 100 Percent Disability Claims," accessed on Oct. 31, 2016

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