Fresno, CA Attorney Blog

Monday, June 26, 2017

Your SSDI Hearing Wait Time May Be 583 Days

Q: Can hiring a Social Security disability attorney expedite my receipt of benefits?

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits (“SSDI”), it's more important than ever to get you our initial application right. If it is denied, the appeals process is a complicated and extremely time-consuming nightmare that could literally cost you years of time.

"The national average wait time is just 17 days shy of 600 days, and all-time high for claimants waiting in the immense Social Security disability hearing backlog."

Getting help from a skilled California Social Security disability attorney can be the difference between an initial application being granted in a matter of months versus needing to appeal a denial-- and face a backlog that averages 600 days.

Can you afford to wait any longer?

To put the 600 days…or 20-months…wait in perspective, there are people who filed for SSDI appeals in 2015 who haven't yet received a hearing date. And people filing today may not be heard until 2019.

While there are no guarantees that an SSDI application will be granted, the odds that it will are generally higher when it's prepared by an expert who knows how to submit "the most critical and accurate information" in support of the initial application.

California is one of the top 10 states with the highest number of people waiting for SSDI hearings. The others are New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.

With over 1.1 million people stuck in this backlog of nearly 600 days, Congress recently earmarked $90 million to address the disability hearing backlog by hiring additional administrative law judges and support staff. But change won’t happen overnight.

The pain of a physical or mental disability is difficult on the disabled person and can impact the whole family. The financial burden is a significant added stress. Why not let a skilled attorney whose practice is devoted solely to helping the disabled handle your application for benefits?

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits or need help appealing a denial of your application, the Social Security disability attorneys at Peňa & Bromberg can help. Call us at 559-644-0031 for a free consultation.

From our offices in Fresno, we serve Social Security disability and veterans disability clients throughout Central Valley, California including San Francisco Bay, Oakland, Bakersfield, Madera, Stockton, Fresno, Sacramento and Modesto, as well as clients nationwide.

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