The Paralyzing Paperwork of Disability Claims

As if gathering requirements to prove eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) wasn’t hard enough, applicants still need to face the challenge of waiting for their paperwork to be processed. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) spends $140 billion annually to provide benefits to 11 million Americans.

Nearly four decades of cases

A recent article in the Washington Post reports that the ballooning number of cases awaiting adjudication began in the presidential term of Gerald Ford in 1975. Applicants who are denied after the initial screening can appeal on three different levels: reconsideration, hearing, and Appeals Council review. This is why cases have been piling up – it takes up to 15 months for a hearing to be set.

Quota system

Some years back, the SSA tried pressuring judges to rule on at least 500 cases annually in an attempt to reduce the accumulating number of cases. This proved unsuccessful as judges opted to generously approve cases rather than go the other way and provide a lengthy writeup about why the application was denied.

Do it right the first time

Hiring legal assistance to help in your appeals is definitely a plus factor. If you’d like to avoid the appeals and waiting, however, why not get everything in order from the beginning? Eligibility services can provide assistance in filing SSDI applications for patients and their family members. These services’ knowledge and experience of the SSA’s inner workings will ensure that the application is spot-on and complete, increasing patients’ chances for approval.


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