Definition - What does Dire Need mean?
Dire need refers to the situation in which a disability benefits claimant is no longer able to afford medication, health care costs, and basic necessities. A Social Security disability benefits claimant going through tough financial times can send a dire need letter to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) for an early appeal hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ).
Justipedia explains Dire Need
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) can take a long time in its disability claim evaluation process. Sometimes a Social Security disability claimant can be going through a dire need situation such that they are no longer able to afford physicians' fees, medications, or even pay for basic necessities like food and shelter. In such situations, a claimant waiting for an appeal hearing with an administrative law judge can write a letter to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) requesting an earlier hearing date. This letter is commonly known as a dire need letter.