The amount of time disabled individuals will wait for a Social Security hearing this year is expected to exceed 400 days, a number that surpasses the average wait time for the previous three years, according to a new report by Allsup. Not since 2010 has the average wait time for a Social Security Disability (SSDI) hearing surpassed 400 days, but estimates show that the projected wait time for SSDI claimants anticipating a hearing will be 415 days in 2014 and 435 days in 2015. If you are considering applying for SSDI benefits, or if your application for benefits has been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), contact our Social Security Disability lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak to discuss your legal options. With our experienced attorneys on your side, you can significantly improve your chances of receiving the SSDI benefits you are entitled to.
Delayed Payment of SSDI Benefits
A wait time of 400 days for an SSDI hearing is high compared to previous years, when the national average hearing processing time was 353 days in 2012 and 360 days in 2011. Unfortunately, this means that disabled individuals who apply for SSDI benefits this year may be forced to wait an additional month if their claim proceeds to a hearing before an administrative law judge. Because of this extended wait time, it is more critical now than ever before that claimants enlist the help of an experienced SSDI attorney when pursuing Social Security Disability benefits, especially if their claim was initially rejected by the SSA. Many SSDI applicants with a Social Security lawyer on their side receive their SSDI benefits with the initial application and are able to avoid the complicated appeals process altogether.
Contact Our SSDI Attorneys Today
SSDI is a federally-funded disability insurance program that provides critical financial assistance to those unable to work because of a temporary or permanent disability. Unfortunately, when the Social Security program becomes backlogged like it is today, disabled individuals are forced to wait extended periods of time just to have their claim reviewed, ultimately delaying the payment of benefits. If you believe you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits because of a temporary or permanent disability, consult our knowledgeable SSDI attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today. Our lawyers have years of experience protecting the rights of disabled individuals who are unable to work, and can help you pursue the SSDI benefits you deserve.