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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…
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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…
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How to Make Your Disability Application More Successful

In 2016, 2.3 million people applied for disabled worker benefits, but only around 744,000 of those applicants were awarded benefits. That means that only about a third of applicants were actually approved for benefits, and if you factor in the 1.1-million-person waitlist and the 633-day average wait time for an appeals hearing, getting benefits seems like a daunting task. However, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of not getting a denial. Ways to Improve Your Disability Application You need to make sure that you qualify for SSDI before you send in an application. This means that you must suffer from an illness or injury that prevents you from working. That condition must be either terminal or be expected to last for over one year. You must also have paid payroll taxes for an average of 10 years before your claim, and those tax payments…
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