Claimants representatives and Social Security personnel know well that conditions change over the course of a disability claim, and with the extended waiting period for hearings currently, oftentimes it is necessary to have a case processed as critical or dire need.
There are five situations that constitute dire need: 1. Claimant’s illness is terminal 2. Claimant has a military service casualty case 3. It is a compassionate allowance case 4. Claimant is without and is unable to obtain food, medicine or shelter (basically homeless) 5. Claimant is suicidal or homicidal.
In order to accomplish this coding of dire need, the claimant must allege specific circumstances, and this can be done with a hardship letter which is then sent in by the representative requesting that the case be coded as critical or dire need. Not always are the claimants allegations accepted, but it’s at least worth a try when things deteriorate in a claimants life while waiting for the all important hearing.