Addressing the growing SSDI backlog

| Apr 27, 2018 | Social Security Disability |

It is not easy to start the Social Security disability application process. While these benefits might be necessary, it can be overwhelming to compile all this information. Even when an applicant believes and is confident that they can evidence that they have an eligible disability, it is possible to still be denied benefits. Missing information, incomplete information and gaps in an application can cause it to be a lengthy process to recover disability benefits. In some cases, this means going through the appeals process, which is even more overwhelming that the initial application process.

According to recent reports, the U.S. Senate is considering a formal nomination for the Social Security commissioner position. While this is long overdue, this delay does not compare to the wait millions of Americans have to endure while they wait for an appeals hearing. The Trump administration nominated Andrew M. Saul. However, during his confirmation process, many believe he should be questioned directly on how he plans to tackle the current 600-day SSDI backlog.

Based on current data, this is the longest backlog the federal government has seen. It is also a backlog that has not improved over the past five years. In fact, evidence proves that it has worsened in many regions in the country. Based on speculative reports, the SSA predicts that it will be another four years until the backlog can get under control.

Because SSDI was designed to help disabled workers who are no longer able to work, it is vital that these recipients enjoy these benefits. Unfortunately, some of these applications get denied. This means waiting several months and even years to have a hearing to appeal the decision. This puts many disabled individuals in a tough predicament.

If you are seeking SSD benefits, it is important to understand your rights and options. Being unable to work because of a disability presents many challenges. Receiving SSD benefits could help overcome these challenges.