March 14, 2014
It seems to be a case of taking one step forward and two steps back when it comes to the Social Security Administration (SSA) addressing the problem of it’s increasing backlog of claims awaiting a hearing for a decision.
SSA data shows that as of December of last year, there are 903,720 individuals awaiting a hearing on an appeal of their Social Security Disability (SSD) claim. This is an almost 7 percent increase from the number gathered at the end of the 2013 fiscal year and a 17 percent jump from 2011. Researchers were also able to conclude there were longer wait times for SSD hearings as well. The average wait time is now 393 days, compared with the 382-day wait period reported at the end of the 2013 fiscal year.
These numbers leave many claimants wondering what they should do when planning to file a Social Security Disability Appeal. Some actions that should be considered include:
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