New process expedites some veterans’ Social Security Disability claims

Those who have served in the armed forces may be entitled to VA benefits. For veterans who are disabled, Social Security Disability may also be available in addition to anything they are receiving from the VA. Social Security claims for disabled veterans are an important source of support for those who served our country and are no longer able to work due to an injury or illness.

However, getting Social Security Disability benefits can be challenging for veterans. Often there are months of delays and red tape. A new process being rolled out in March of 2014 will hopefully clear some of the Social Security Disability obstacles for those veterans who have already been assessed as disabled by the VA.

Claims will be processed more quickly, but still must meet eligibility criteria

Veterans who have received a 100 percent permanent and total disability rating by the Veterans Affairs Department will be eligible for the new program. To take advantage of the program, veterans must inform the Social Security Administration that they have a 100 percent permanent and total disability rating from the VA and provide proof of their disability rating. A VA Notification Letter can serve as this proof.

Veterans who meet the qualifications of the program will have their Social Security Disability claims expedited. However, it is important to remember that although the program will mean faster claims processing for these veterans, it does not mean a guaranteed approval for Social Security Disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration will still examine the substance of any claim to determine whether those with a 100 percent disability rating from the VA meet the separate qualification requirements for Social Security Disability benefits. To qualify for Social Security Disability, a person must have a long-term disability that prevents him or her from working and must have paid into the Social Security system through previous work for a long enough period of time.

Contact a Social Security Disability lawyer for help with your claim

The new expedited claims process could help some veterans avoid months of delay while waiting for a Social Security Disability claim to make its way through the backlogged system. But, even for those who qualify for the program, a strong claim is still important because a 100 percent disability rating from the VA does not guarantee eligibility for Social Security Disability.

Whether you benefit from the new expedited process or not, if you are a veteran and have a disability, you could benefit from the assistance of a Social Security Disability attorney. Your lawyer can ensure you receive the full benefits you are entitled to from both the VA and the Social Security Administration. Get in touch with a Social Security Disability lawyer today to get the best odds of filing a quick, successful disability claim.