At any given moment, there are more than 800,000 Americans waiting for their Social Security disability benefits appeals to be heard, many of whom suffer from conditions so serious that they won’t live long enough to receive the answers or approval their desperate for. In 2016 alone, “8,699 Americans died on the disability insurance waiting list,” and that number has only grown in the last several years as the average waiting period across the country for having an appeal heard and decided upon soars past an astounding 540 days.
What The SSA Has To Say
A regional spokesman for the SSA, Doug Nguyen, has already come out with claims that “reducing the wait times for a hearing is of the utmost importance to the Social Security Administration.” However, representatives, like U.S. Rep. Jon Larson of Connecticut, continue to argue that regardless of the acknowledgement of the problem, it is still “totally unacceptable for 10,000 people to lose their lives waiting for insurance they paid into.” So, what’s really going on?
The Main Problem
It seems that the biggest problem the agency is currently facing is the “record number of hearing requests” they’ve received over the last several years due to the more than 10,000 baby boomers who are becoming eligible for benefits each day. More requests have simply led to a serious backlog problem. However, it is worth noting that while many representatives are the first to stand and be appalled by the gravity of the situation and demand action, legislation to address the extensive backlog, which was introduced to the House of Representatives earlier this year, has been “stalled for four years awaiting a subcommittee hearing.”
What You Can Do
Unfortunately, while SSA officials and policy makers continue to focus on precisely how to fix this problem, the people currently on the never-ending waiting list continue to suffer. That’s why, if you are waiting for an appeal right now, we encourage you to contact our reputable Social Security disability attorneys at Aiello Law Group today. Not only do our attorneys have a better idea of how to approach these types of sensitive situations and ensure positive outcomes, taking advantage of the services of our remarkable legal representatives won’t cost you a thing upfront at all. So please, don’t allow yourself to become one of the thousands of people who die waiting for their appeals to be heard. People who choose Aiello Law Group to represent them usually get their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) award faster. Let our attorneys help you stand up for yourself and your entitled compensation, and ensure your voice is heard! Call us, today, at 313.964.4900 or fill out the form in the sidebar or on our contact page, and learn more about how we can help you.