The lag in processing of Social Security Disability claims is an issue we at Abrams Landau have been dealing with for years. In 2007 Mr. Landau posted a blog with statistics on such claims. At the time average processing by the federal government for these claims was 508 days.
More than 2/3rd of claimants are denied benefits at the first administrative level. A CBS News investigation video published in January of 2008 accentuates the problems with the Federal claims system. As the CBS report states, denials are tossed at people left and right with the assumption that claimants will give up and go away. As many as 16,000 people die a year waiting on decisions or appeals. My message to you is DON’T give up. With support and documentation this office has been over 95% successful in the appeals process. Legal representation is key in these claims in order to deal with the paperwork and deadlines the system throws at the claimant, but the benefits you are entitled to CAN BE collected.
Questions about your Social Security Disability Denial and a possible appeal should be directed to Dianna Meredith in our office or to Mr. Landau. If you’ve made the required payments into the system and been fully disabled from work for a full year then your application should eventually succeed.