Just how long do Social Security disability applicants have to wait to
appeal their denied claims? According to an alarming
report from the Associated Press, as long as two years in some states.
The AP's investigation found that Miami had the longest SSDI waits
nationwide, with an average wait of 22 months to see an administrative
judge following a claim denial. Brooklyn, Spokane, Fort Myers weren't
much better with 20-month waits. Nationally, the average wait to appeal
an SSDI denial is 16 months.
These long waits can have devastating effects on applicants who are in
desperate need of relief and medical attention. Unable to work and lacking
the support they need, many must rely on loved ones to support them until
they get to see a judge and make their case for benefits. Others find
themselves without crucial medication or insufficient or intermittent
medical treatment that leaves them suffering.
Experts believe that the long waits are the result of systemic issues in
the administrative SSDI process. Most administrative judges are overburdened
with massive caseloads and are caught up in the pressure to process cases
quickly while simultaneously avoiding approving undeserved benefits.
Avoid an Initial SSDI Denial
As with any bureaucratic process, some delay in the SSDI process is to
be expected. However, the current waits associated with the SSDI appeals
are often too costly for denied applicants who need the opportunity to
speak to an administrative judge. The AP found that once seen by a judge,
nearly half of these applicants received the benefits they initially filed for.
The best way to avoid these waits is to ensure that your initial application
is as compelling and thorough as possible. At
Coats & Todd, our compassionate and knowledgeable Dallas SSDI lawyers are well-versed
in crafting these applications and making sure that our clients’
legitimate claim to SSD benefits vividly comes across in their filing.
Even for clients who need to file an appeal, our firm can prepare them
for their administrative hearing and give their claim the very best chance
at an approval before the judge.
Ensure that your SSD claim properly communicates your needs. Call us today
to request a
free consultation to get started.