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Applications for Social Security Disability Reach 2.6 Million
Date:1/30/2009

Allsup reissues top 10 tips for getting through the backlog to help claimants with the process

Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) January 30, 2009 -- The increase in people applying for Social Security disability benefits in 2008 illustrates the continuing challenge for claimants to receive their entitled benefits, according to Allsup, which represents tens of thousands of people in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process each year.

Disability applications now number 2.6 million, according to the Social Security Administration. SSA reports the time for a decision at the initial application level is 106 days. At the hearing level, where claimants seek review by an administrative law judge, the processing time is 514 days1 and now more than 765,000 people are waiting2. The federal agency does report some success in addressing the backlog, but the delays continue for hundreds of thousands of claimants3.

"One of the realities facing someone who has become disabled and can no longer work is that wait time for their SSDI decision," said Edward Swierczek, an Allsup senior claimant representative and former Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. "This truly is the great unknown for people and their families, and it can be a scary situation to get through. They may have two to four years when they don't have some or any of the income that they did while working."

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