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Increasing SSDI Applications Highlight Risk of Applying Without Professional Help, Says Allsup
Date:10/29/2009

People with disabilities risk mistakes, denials and longer waits for SSDI benefits without representation

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) -- With the recent explosion in applications for Social Security disability benefits, people with disabilities risk longer waits and crucial mistakes with their claims when they file without representation, according to Allsup. The Belleville, Ill., company represents tens of thousands of people in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process each year.

The number of people applying for SSDI benefits continues to climb, with more than 2.1 million applications for year-to-date through September 2009, compared with 1.7 million applications for the same period a year earlier (Allsup Disability Study: Income at Risk, Oct. 19). At the same time, media reports are highlighting the furloughs of state government workers managing this crushing load of SSDI applications.

"Growing applications combined with furloughs are worsening the workload for government workers and adding to the hardship for applicants," said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of claims at Allsup. "When you add the fact that two-thirds of people are denied benefits after filing their initial SSDI application--it's absolutely critical that people are represented from the beginning to give them the greatest advantage."


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