Social Security Disability Claims Increase Blamed On Lack Of Reform

July 24, 2013

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently facing an ever-growing number of claims for Social Security Disability benefits. This, in turn, has led to the backlog of unprocessed claims growing and stretching wait times for a decision out to almost a year in some cases.

This leaves many wondering, “What is the cause of the increase in claims and what can be done to solve the issue?” Experts tend to believe that a lack of changes to Social Security Disability Law and policies could be to blame.

According to the Kansas Watchdog, many of the regulations regarding how Social Security Disability claims are processed and benefits dispersed have not undergone reform since 1993. Since that time, a great number of technological advances that could create a more efficient process for the system have not been implemented.

The SSA’s approval process is just now being switched from an all-paper format to an electronic processing system, which the agency hopes will drastically cut the amount of time it takes to process a claim.

Furthermore, many experts are calling the SSA’s “GRIDS” system obsolete and in need of reform.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how complex the approval process for Social Security Disability benefits can be. That’s why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney if you are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that has been denied in the past.

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