You’ve sent in an application for Social Security disability benefits, and now all you can do is wait until the SSA makes its decision in your case. But now that you know it can take several months to hear back from the Social Security Administration on your application, you’re wondering: Is there any way you can get your payments now?

You May Be Able to Get Social Security Benefits Faster

There are a few exceptions to the mandatory waiting period for disability payments. People who have applied for Supplementary Security Income (SSI) benefits may be able to get up to six months of benefits payments advanced to them while they wait for their official decision. These people will typically have severe or life-threatening injuries, such as:

  • Total deafness
  • Total blindness
  • Down syndrome
  • The loss of a leg at the hip
  • A condition that has resulted in permanent and total immobility (without the help of a wheelchair, cane, or crutches)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Stroke that has caused difficulty walking or limited the use of one or both arms
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • A neurological condition that has caused difficulty speaking or moving the arms and legs
  • A symptomatic case of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • A terminal illness that is expected to end the victim’s life within six months (must be confirmed by a physician via telephone or in a signed statement)
  • Spinal cord injury that has resulted in an inability to walk or communicate without the use of assistance devices (requires physician confirmation)
  • End stage renal disease (ESRD) that requires chronic dialysis treatments

If you have any of these conditions, you may be eligible for immediate payment.

What Happens If I Get Immediate Payments, but My Claim Is Denied?

In most cases where presumptive disability payments have been granted, the funds will not have to be repaid if you are later denied benefits. However, your payments will be suspended and you will have to prove your case to the SSA in order to get both disability and SSI benefits.

What Can I Do?

The easiest way to determine what types of New Jersey injury benefits you qualify for is to speak with a Social Security attorney as soon as possible. You can find out today by sending in our short contact form on this page with a brief overview of your case.

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