New York ranks among the top five states with the longest backlog for Social Security disability applications in the United States. Only Florida and California have a higher number of disability claims waiting. While this is partly a factor of the large population of these states, it is also a sign of just how difficult it can be to navigate the bureaucracy of the Social Security disability claims process by yourself.
What is the Disability Application Backlog?
The Social Security disability application backlog is the number of applications for disability benefits currently awaiting consideration by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The backlog has been an issue almost since the creation of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), but it is a problem that has only gotten worse over the years. This backlog results in delays as the SSA struggles to work through the large number of applications they must deal with.
Why is There a Backlog of Social Security Disability Applications?
Every year, about two million people apply for SSDI or SSI benefits, but there are not nearly enough people working at the SSA to get through all of these applications in a timely manner. As a result, it can easily take months for an application to make its way through the process, with some applications taking half a year or longer. Even after all of that, there is little guarantee that an application will be accepted, leading to appeals that can further slow down the process.
How Does This Affect Applicants?
The disability application backlog slows down what can already be a lengthy process. In addition to delaying your benefits if you are accepted, it can also make it more difficult to find out if you made some error in your application, leading to further delays if you need to correct an issue. All the while, you are likely not collecting an income due to your disability, which can eat into your savings.
How Can Hiring a Lawyer Help Me?
A study by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that applicants with legal representation had their applications approved three times more often on average. In addition, they were more likely to be given a greater allowance when their claims were considered by an administrative judge. That is why you should contact a lawyer with knowledge of Social Security disability law, who can help you with your application and give you the best chance at success as possible.
If you or a loved one need assistance applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, it is important that you seek the guidance of an experienced Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. The lawyers at Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP have over 50 years of combined experience between its attorneys and are available to you or your loved one in obtaining Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. To schedule a consultation with our New York Social Security Disability benefits lawyers, call (631) 823-7155.