The Social Security Administration currently has the largest backlogs of any federal agency with 990,399 cases waiting for the Social Security Administration to take action. The majority of the backlog stems from the system governing applications for Social Security Disability.
Currently, the system is set up in such a way to essentially force those applying for Disability to wait 2.5 years for a chance to plead their case. The system is set up so that the first two decisions, the initial application and the request for reconsideration (used when the initial application is denied), are made by those at the local office who lack the training and expertise required to make such decisions. With such limitations imposed on those making the determinations at the first two levels, it is extremely rare to be approved before making it to the hearing level.
After filing the initial application and the request for reconsideration, the next step is to file a request for hearing. The hearing stage is when the claimant finally has a chance to truly present his case to an Administrative Law Judge who will then determine if the claimant is able to work any job in the national economy. However, due to the massive backlog the Social Security Administration has, the typical waiting time for a hearing (from the date of the request for hearing) is ONE AND A HALF YEARS.
Unfortunately, this backlog causing such large wait times is imposed on those who are the least able to weather the storm. Our attorneys at Lancaster & Eure, P.A. are available to help you navigate this complex system and ensure your case is presented in the strongest possible form at every level of your case.
Social Security- Biggest Backlog in the Federal Government