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Claiming Dire Need

Claiming Dire Need

Everything about the social security disability claim process takes time. For most people, they tend to be in pretty dire straits to have to ask for help, and having to wait a year for a hearing or other part of the claim evaluation process can cause them to really struggle to make ends meet. Claiming dire need may be your saving grace to help you get through your struggles.

What is Dire Need?

Dire Need is when the person is facing more than typical hardships where they could find themselves devastated by the length of time they wait for their disability claim. Dire need circumstances mean that something critical will occur if the person does not have income coming into their bank account. Some examples of situations that can be used to claim dire need are if the person is facing eviction, foreclosure, unable to put food on the table, or is unable to afford prescription medications that are necessary for the person’s health and well-being. These situations will be treated as a critical situation, and may help the person have their hearing moved forward.

Will a Dire Need Letter Help Me?

Sadly, because the number of people that find themselves in dire needs while waiting for a decision on their disability claim means that your local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review receives a large number of these dire need letters. It may not be ignored, but the way that your letter is worded may make the difference on if you will be granted an expedited hearing. This can move up your hearing by a few months.Sadly, because the number of people that find themselves in dire needs while waiting for a decision on their disability claim means that your local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review receives a large number of these dire need letters. It may not be ignored, but the way that your letter is worded may make the difference on if you will be granted an expedited hearing. This can move up your hearing by a few months.

How to Create a Dire Need Letter

First, you should personally write your dire need letter, and do not spare any details of the circumstances that you believe make you qualified for dire need. Do not sugarcoat the details. For example, if your home is in foreclosure and you’re unable to pay for a necessary hospital treatment you should include all the details you can about both situations. It can be effective to include documentation of your dire need, such as a copy of your court eviction notice or doctor’s letter regarding your hospital treatment. This letter should be mailed to your local Social Security Offices in Ohio.

Not sure if you would qualify for a dire need situation? Not sure what address you need to use for your community? Liner Legal is here to help advise you on how best to handle your social security disability case.