Everyone has heard the stories of what a nightmare it is to apply and wait for SSD benefits. It’s no secret that the process is lengthy and daunting, with many waiting months and even years to get a decision. Many Americans with legitimate claims are being denied benefits, and many continue to await appeals decisions. If you are undertaking this difficulty, know that you are not alone.
A recent news story out of Atlanta details the struggles of many Americans going through the SSD claims process. The study found that over one million people are currently awaiting appeals, and, while waiting, many are losing their retirement savings, their homes and even ending up homeless. Although studies show that more than half of the people who appeal win, the cost of waiting is very high. Unfortunately, the problem appears to be getting worse and not better.
The article looked at the stories of several individuals going through the process. A man involved in a skiing accident underwent emergency brain surgery and had to re-learn to walk, talk and feed himself. He spent three years battling for SSD benefits. Another 61-year-old man suffered from neuropathy and, despite losing both of his jobs due to his inability to work, his SSD claim was denied. While awaiting an appeal, he had no income and quickly ran out of money and lost his home.
These stories are all too common. Over 70 percent of people who apply each year are denied, largely due to the strict definitions of disabilities and the complicated application process. Consulting with an experienced SSD attorney can help you receive the best outcome when filing your SSD claim.
Source: 11alive.com, “‘Lost that hope’ waiting for a disability decision,” Katie Wilcox & Chris Vanderveen, February 19, 2018.