Working Americans will spend years paying into the Social Security system so that they are protected in the event of a serious injury or illness and find themselves unable to work. However, many more Americans are shocked when they find they apply for Social Security benefits to help them in their time of need and their claims are delayed or denied. Our NYC Social Security Disability lawyers discuss some alarming data that shows SSD applicants are dying before they ever get a hearing and what you can do to speed up your claim.
Data from the Social Security Administration reveals that since 2011, over 2,000 claimants across the country have died waiting for their claim to be handled. Regionally, areas across the nation are experiencing longer wait times for hearings. Many offices have a backlog of cases. The SSA received additional federal funding in an attempt to reduce the backlog and new administrative law judges were hired, but the struggle to address claimants continues. It is thought that much of the backlog exists due to a large number of aging baby boomers who are reaching an age where applying for SSA benefits becomes more common.
When you have experienced a serious injury or illness that prevents you from working, time is of the essence. Your finances will likely be suffering and you may find yourself struggling to get by. There are some steps you can take to help prevent delays and perhaps speed up the processing of your claim. Consider the following:
Do not delay in filing your SSD claim. Contact an SSD claims attorney to help seek the SSD benefits you deserve as soon as possible.