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Why Do Disability Benefit Claims Take So Long To Get Approved?

Brandon Evans   |  January 1, 2015   |  

Many of our Social Security Disability clients are surprised and disappointed when we inform them how long it takes to get a hearing in front of judge on their claim. A recent newsletter article describes the problem. The average time to get a hearing in front of a judge (from the time the hearing is requested) was 422 days (about 14 months) as of September 30, 2014. However, the average wait time had gotten as low as 353 days (less than a hear) in 2012 and has been edging upward ever since.

The problem? The ever-increasing backlog of cases pending hearing, and the shortage of judges and other personnel to handle them. At the end of fiscal year 2010, there were just over 700,000 cases waiting to be heard. At the end of fiscal year 2014, that number had grown to almost 980,000. Why? Fewer ALJ’s being hired, and fewer staff to assist them.  In an age of growing budget deficits and efforts to cut spending, the Social Security Administration is an easy target for budget cuts, irrespective of the human toll.

What can you do about it? Call, email, or write to your elected representatives (find their identities HERE [make this a link to one of those “find my congressman/senator” sites]) and tell them to support increased funding for the Social Security Administration.

Do you need help with a Social Security Disability application? Perhaps you have been denied or had your benefits canceled and require assistance to re-file?

At the law offices of Riddle & Brantley, our team of Social Security Disability lawyers have DETAILED knowledge of our nation’s Social Security Disability Laws and can help to review the details of your claim to determine if you are eligible.

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