Why is the Wait Time for an Answer from Social Security So Long?
Did you know the average waiting time to receive a decision from the Social Security Administration regarding your application for disability benefits is 506.5 days? According to this article from the Peninsula Clarion, over one million people in the United States are currently in some part of this rigorous application process. Over half of all first-time applicants are denied, and the appeals process can take years to wade through. The article details the struggles of applicants who are in the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits.
Unfortunately, there are few options available for assistance to applicants attempting to win disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, a person qualifies for Social Security Disability if: her or she has a physical or mental condition which prevents him or her from engaging in any “substantial gainful activity,” AND, the condition is expected to last at least twelve months or result in death, AND, he or she is under the age of sixty-five, AND he or she has accumulated twenty social security credits in the last ten years prior to the onset of disability (unless applying for the needs-based disability program Supplemental Security Income [SSI]). After meeting all these criteria, there is still a fifty percent chance of being denied, and forced to go through the appeals process which includes a hearing before an administrative law judge at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
Navigating a system in which almost half of all applicants are denied can be confusing and overwhelming. If you are unable to work due to medical reasons, let the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster & Eure fight on your behalf to get the benefits you deserve. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.