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What can delay your disability benefits petition

It is no secret that obtaining Social Security disability benefits is no easy task. This is especially true given that more than half of all initial petitions are denied the first time that they are submitted. Additionally, the Social Security Administration is one of the largest bureaucracies in Washington (even though there are field offices across the country). Because of this, getting disability benefits can take a great deal of time. With that said, those who petition for benefits may get frustrated over how long the process may take.

This post will explain some of the most common reasons for delays in processing. 

There’s a line…a big one -  The backlog of appealed petitions is astonishing. There are as many as 900,000 petitions that have yet to be considered. To put this into context, this is more than the entire population of the state of South Dakota. With that in mind, it could be at least a year before your petition is reviewed by an administrative law judge.

ALJ’s have their hands full – With so many backlogged cases, it is natural that administrative law judges are overwhelmed as well.  The problem began decades ago, and there does not appear to be any substantial changes in the works.

As such, the average wait time for disability petition appeals is 422 days. The prospect of waiting more than a year after initially filing your petition may seem off-putting, but it exemplifies the need to seek help from an experienced disability law attorney so that you can avoid the pitfalls that affect many initial petitions. 

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