The Social Security Disability Backlog Rises Over 1 Million


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Over 1 million Americans are on a backlog waiting for a hearing to see if they qualify for Social Security Disability or not. There is an extremely long wait time for someone who has worked their whole life and becomes seriously injured or sick. The average wait time is currently 602 days for over 1 million people. Currently, 10.5 million people receive Social Security Disability benefits. Most applications are usually initially rejected, but most people who then complete the appeals process will win their case and receive benefits. With the current backlog standing at 1.1 million it can be extremely difficult to get a hearing before a judge.

However, there are ways you can help your SSD case. One major advantage is having an attorney represent your SSD application. You can have an attorney represent you from beginning to end. We prefer to do it at the beginning because we can help get the records to Social Security and get the forms to the doctors and prepare your file with the documentation that the Social Security Administration needs in order to award you benefits.

We will take cases at initial, reconsideration or hearing level, but we would prefer to handle your case from the beginning. It does not cost the client any more or less to get an attorney on or at the beginning of a case than it does at the end, so with all the forms and all the hoops that you have to go through, it is in your best interest to have an attorney from the beginning.

For more information on Social Security Disability Benefits, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (813) 873-0180 today.

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Christine Franco

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Owner of the Tampa firm of Franco Law Group PA, Ms. Franco received her B.A. from The University of South Florida and her J.D. from Stetson College of Law in 1995. Ms. Franco practices primarily in the fields of personal injury, social security disability and has previously acted as the case law monitor for the News & 440 Report, providing updated case law summaries, specifically in the area of workers compensation, for five years. She was also editor of the News & 440 Report, and served for the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section as Secretary of the Executive Council.