The Allsup Disability Study: Income at Risk shows that 680,292 people with disabilities applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) during the first quarter of 2013. Although that figure is an increase over the 638,223 people who applied in the previous quarter, it’s a decrease from this time last year. There were 724,746 applicants in the first quarter of 2012.
In 2012, more than 2.8 million individuals were unable to continue working due to a disability and applied for SSDI. Following Social Security Administration (SSA) field office closings and reduced hours in remaining locations, the SSA has reported the backlog of initial claims pending could increase from nearly 708,000 to 796,000 in 2013, along with longer processing times.
Many applicants face significant financial burdens during the long wait for SSDI benefits, Blazier added. “Devastating financial disasters, such as bankruptcies and foreclosures, are too often the norm for those with disabilities,” Blazier said. “Applying for SSDI with the assistance of a professional representative as soon as possible can help minimize some of these hardships.”
Four Reasons to Seek Early SSDI Representation
Using a Social Security Disability Insurance representative offers several advantages, especially at the initial application level. A qualified representative can help applicants:
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