You haven’t been able to work for nearly eight months, your doctor has told you repeatedly that you can’t stand for more than a few minutes at a time, and you can barely pay for your medication, let alone make house payments. How could your disability application have been denied?

What can you do now?

Factors for a “Critical” Appeal

When your disability claim has been denied, you have the right to file an appeal to get the decision overturned. Once you file your appeal with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, the hearing office will review your claim and classify its appeal priority based on the HALLEX system for critical cases. Your case will be considered critical if one of the following factors exists:

  • You have a terminal illness.
  • You are a veteran who has been determined to have a 100% permanent and total disability (VPAT).
  • You have earned Military Casualty or Wounded Warrior status (MCWW).
  • You have symptoms or disease that qualifies for compassionate allowance standings.
  • Your situation shows evidence of dire need of food, shelter, or medical care.
  • You are potentially violent, suicidal, or homicidal.

If your claim is found to be a critical case it will be expedited for immediate determination.

Increasing Your Claim’s Odds for a Faster Approval

Although every claim is different, having an experienced disability lawyer on your side will always drastically improve your odds of a success. A good attorney can not only help provide evidence to aid and facilitate a speedy decision, but he’ll also be able to present the evidence in such a way that shows the necessity of an approval.

Are You Looking for a Social Security Disability Attorney in Boston, MA?

If you are looking to apply for social security disability, you need to speak with an experienced social security disability lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Natick Office directly at 888.904.6847 to schedule your free consultation.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer