July 31, 2013
People with terminal illnesses can apply for Social Security Disability Benefits, but there is a possibility their claim may become backlogged while awaiting a decision. In some cases, claimants die before resolutions are reached.
This conundrum has forced a group of lawmakers to create a bill that expedites benefit payments to those who are deemed terminally ill. According to a story published by the Casper Star-Tribune, an individual must be diagnosed with their condition by two different doctors in the same field who work for different practices to qualify for the expedited benefits.
Once this documentation is submitted, the individual will begin receiving partial payments immediately. The first payment the claimant receives will be 50 percent of their full benefits. During the second month of payments, the individual will receive 75 percent of their full payments before beginning to receive all benefits at month three.
The Social Security Administration will also be required to track all payments and report how many recipients survived past the six and 12-month marks of receiving benefits.
The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to simplify the Social Security Disability application process and are hopeful the new law is effective in getting those who are most in need the care and compensation they deserve.