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Our Tulsa social security disability attorneys assist residents of Oklahoma gain SSDI benefits.

Is the Disability Waitlist a Sign of Mismanagement?

When a disability claim is denied, the claimant eventually has the option to have their case reviewed by an administrative law judge (ALJ). However, getting such a hearing can take a long time. The most recent estimate for how long it takes to see an ALJ is 633 days, almost two years. What is the cause of this disability waitlist, and is there any way to fix it? Is Mismanagement a Reason the Disability Waitlist Is So Long? Judge Marilyn Zahm, the president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, recently talked to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution(AJC) about the 1.1 million claimant long backlog. She points to a lack of leadership at the Social Security Administration, short staffs, and inefficient handling of cases as the culprits for the waitlist. As president of the nationwide body that many of our ALJ’s belong to, Zahm has suggested more efficient ways to handle “non-controversial”…
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Are Aging Baby Boomers the Reason SSDI Claims Are Up?

After World War II, the United States experienced a booming period of economic success. As a result of that success, the population of our nation skyrocketed as families grew along with their success. This created an entire generation of Americans known as the baby boomers. Now that decades have passed, this generation is quickly approaching retirement age, but the country may not be ready for this, and the Social Security disability system may be the first place this weakness shows up. Are SSDI Claims Up Because of Aging Baby Boomers? Since 2002, the population of the U.S. has grown around 16 percent, but the number of people claiming disability has far exceeded this growth. In the same period of time, the number of disability recipients has increase to 8.7 million, which translates to a whopping 57 percent. So, what caused this increase disability claimants? Age is seen as the primary…
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Facts You Didn’t Know About the Social Security Disability Backlog

With government officials making reports about Social Security disability backlog to Congress, and disability advocates criticizing the institution’s perceived failures, your Tulsa disability attorneys thought it might be a good time to clear the air. Here are some of the facts surrounding the disability hearing waitlist. 7 Facts About the Social Security Disability Backlog The estimated wait time to get an in-person hearing now stands at an estimated 605 days. Almost 1.1 million people are currently on the waitlist. According to Allsup, most of the people waiting in the backlog have already weathered a 213 day wait just to see if their original application for SSDI was denied. According to the Social Security Administration, 70 percent of the people in the backlog worked and paid FICA payroll taxes. It takes approximately 85 days to get a decision back on whether a claimant was awarded benefits after their hearing. Current estimates…
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