Attorneys Discuss Dire Need Letters for Social Security

Dire Need Letter for Social Security Disability Appeals

Our experienced Social Security Disability Attorneys understand that if you are disabled and unable to work, you are likely very worried about how you will support yourself and your family. But the Social Security administration’s disability claim evaluation process can take from several months, to even sometimes a year or longer.

Unfortunately, under usual circumstances a disability claimant’s financial situation will have no bearing on the speed with which a Social Security Disability or SSI Disability case is processed. In other words, SSD and SSI cases are typically just processed in the order received – and NOT in the order of need.

However, if you are waiting for a hearing to be scheduled with the Social Security Administration, this can sometimes be sped up by submitting what is known as a “dire need” letter.  A properly submitted “financial dire need letter” can often get you an earlier hearing date.

What Is a Dire Need Letter for Social Security Disability Appeals? – Los Angeles

In a dire need letter, a Social Security applicant explains in detail why waiting the normal amount of time for a hearing will have dire financial consequences.

In most cases, the Social Security Administration requires “dire need” to be something specific, such danger of a home foreclosure, an apartment eviction, or being unable to obtain prescriptions that are needed.

Do Social Security Dire Need Letters Work? – Los Angeles Attorneys

Keep in mind that every regional Social Security Office of Hearings and Appeals (now called “ODAR” or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) gets hundreds of dire need letters. And, obviously, they are not going to approve everyone for “dire need” consideration.

Our experienced Social Security Attorneys have found that only the most convincing dire need letters will get attention. Therefore, while you are certainly allowed to write your own dire need letter – it may be to your advantage to have an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney write the dire need letter for you.

If your dire need letter is approved and an expedited hearing is granted, there is no set time or “guarantee” as to how fast your disability hearing will be scheduled. In our experience, dire need letters written by our experienced Social Security Attorneys may get your hearing moved up a few months earlier – under a best case scenario. So, writing a well-crafted dire need letter is certainly worth the effort.

Writing an Effective Social Security Dire Need Letter – Los Angeles Attorney

The dire need letters that are most likely to be approved are the ones that have the most detail. So, attaching detailed documentation is advised. If you can’t pay your mortgage or your rent, make this the first item that you address – and attach copies of the foreclosure or eviction notices. If you are behind in your bills, or utilities, attach the collections or shut off notices. If you can’t pay for medications, include details from your doctor as to what medications you need and why.

Our Experienced Social Security Attorneys Can Help with Your Dire Need Letter

If you are applying for Social Security disability – and you are facing foreclosure or eviction – or you are behind in your bills, or utilities – our experienced Social Security Attorneys are here to help you. Call us today and we will do everything possible to assist you in getting the benefits for which you qualify as rapidly as possible.