How bad is the backlog for Social Security Disability claims?

Perhaps you’ve heard that the Social Security Administration has a big backlog of appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance claims.

If so, you may have heard an understatement, because the SSA has more than a big backlog. It has a huge backlog of SSDI claims.

In part that’s because applications for such disability benefits are increasing because of the aging Baby Boomer population, the nation’s high unemployment rate and what’s believed to be a mixture of mismanagement and possible fraud in the system.

That system routinely denies up to 75 per cent of all SSDI claims, often on minor technicalities.

This is the same technique which many insurance companies take when they try to deny, delay or underpay claims. A certain percentage of people never will appeal such decisions, and that number translates into profits — or money not spent — by insurance companies which otherwise might be forced to pay.

Similarly, the SSA denies so many claims that a record high number of denied claimants — 771,318 persons — were still waiting to get their case heard in an appeal before an administrative law judge last September. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal.

Clearly, this is unacceptable. In fact, it’s appalling. That’s why some consumer groups, disability spokespersons and even lawmakers are railing against the SSA about the backlog and the long waits — waits so long that thousands of people have died before their claim or appeal was processed.

In response, the SSA has made some changes, including increasing the number of medical conditions it considers for an immediate review. That number had been 100, but now it’s 113 and includes such conditions as leukemia and pancreatic cancer.

The SSA also has established a program that allows some needy applicants to move to the front of the line.

As a result, the number of people who die while waiting on an appeal of their denied claim has dropped 20 per cent from its peak in 2009. Even so, the number of cases in SSA’s backlog has kept rising.

How can you avoid being such a statistic — or just another number lumped into a large group of people who never have their appeal of a denied SSDI claim considered?

A sound strategy is to avoid tackling such an important process alone. Rather, many people who were denied disability benefits later secure them after engaging a knowledgeable and skilled SSDI lawyer to handle their appeal.

At Social Security Disability, we stand ready to help you get the results you need for your disability claim.

So get in touch with us and let us help you get the money you need and deserve. Your SSDI lawyer can follow through on your case with the background training needed to present an effective claim or appeal.

Call us today at or write us via this online site’s free review form, and we’ll get back in touch with you as quickly as we can.

The Social Security Administration may make many people wait many months to resolve their claim, but you won’t have to wait months on us. We’ll promptly get busy helping you with an appeal of your denied SSDI claim — or with your original claim, if you haven’t yet applied.

The wait, in short, is over with an SSDI lawyer from

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