December 7th, 2015| The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be long and drawn-out. These long wait times are highlighted in an article from U.S. News and World Report that discusses how one woman had to wait more than two years to receive benefits, while others die waiting for a decision on their case. The California Social Security Disability lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers explain that luckily, there are programs the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to expedite the processing of certain types of claims. One of those programs is the Compassionate Allowances. Compassionate Allowances is a list of certain diseases and medical conditions the SSA has determined are serious enough to warrant a streamlined application process. Utilizing the Compassionate Allowances program can slash an applicant’s wait time on a decision from several years to just a few weeks. Another option for expedited processing of a Social Security Disability claim is available to veterans of the armed forces. Anyone who has served our country and is deemed 100 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs automatically qualifies for expedited processing of their Social Security Disability benefits claim as well. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that time is of the essence when a medical condition leaves you severely disabled. That’s why our California personal injury lawyers are hopeful this information will be useful in helping you determine if you qualify for expedited processing of your Social Security Disability claim.