Is there anything I can do to speed up the process?
There are some ways in which to increase the likelihood of your claim being expedited. For example, you may be able to file a “Critical Case Request” to speed up the process. There are three situations that allow for such a request: if the claimant's condition is terminal; if the claimant is suicidal or homicidal; or if the claimant is at risk of going without food, medicine or shelter. This last reason is called a “Dire Need” request, and is the most common Critical Case request. It is also helpful to submit a complete set of medical records to the adjudicator assigned to your case and to keep the adjudicator informed of your ongoing medical treatment. The Law Office of Louis B. Lusk handles all of these matters for its clients.