It’s a disgraceful statistic: Almost 19,000 people died during 2016 and 2017 while waiting for approval of their Social Security Disability (SSDI) applications.
Because of backlogs averaging 605 days – and nearing 800 days or more in certain cities and states – individuals who have applied for SSDI die before ever receiving any of these crucial benefits.
In fact, at the end of 2017, more than 1 million former workers were stuck in the system’s backlog while waiting for decisions and hearings.
The Social Security Administration asserts that this backlog is unlikely to lessen before 2022, even with “fixes” such as additional funding, more staff and assigning additional judges for hearings.
The Compassionate Allowance program needs improvements also. This process “fast-tracks” applications for individuals with specific illnesses such as certain cancers, adults with brain disorders and some rare disorders that affect children. Improvements are needed to ensure that those individuals with the most severe disabilities get the benefits they have earned in a timely manner.
Improve Your Chances of Winning Your Disability Claim
It’s important to provide all information requested with your application, including a detailed and complete work and medical history. Include all contact information for work supervisors and physicians as well as a list of all facilities at which you were treated. Written doctor statements explaining your injuries and how your work and daily life are affected are essential.
Once you have applied, stay active with your case by keeping in contact with the disability examiner handling your claim. It’s a good idea to get your medical records yourself and deliver them directly to the examiner personally.
Of course, consulting with an attorney experienced in Social Security Disability applications and appeals can really help. We will examine your case, discuss its strengths with you and fix any weaknesses. The application and appeals process can be lengthy and complicated – don’t go at it alone!
Let Us Help With Your Social Security Disability Application
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.