There are certain types of financial support available to those who are unable to work because of a disabling medical condition. Social Security disability benefits are designated for those who are unable to earn a living because of their physical state or mental disorder. However, it can be remarkably difficult to secure these benefits, even with a valid claim. Unfortunately, many California applicants are never able to secure the support they need.
Within the last decade, applicants waited longer than two years to hear a decision on their disability claim. Around nine million Americans applied for disability benefits between the years of 2008 and 2019. Sadly, around one percent of those who had to file appeals, amounting to approximately 110,000 people, died before the Social Security Administration reached a decision on their case.
A disabling medical condition leads to significant financial hardship for many. Around 48,000 disability applicants had to file for bankruptcy between 2014 and 2019 while waiting for a decision from the SSA on their claim. Those familiar with the process say that one reason for the lengthy wait times and delays is because there is an increased number of people waiting on a hearing with an administrative law judge.
Many applicants hoping to secure Social Security disability benefits are denied the first time. Most have to go through one or more levels of appeals, and this can take a long time. The extremely long wait times are one of the many reasons why a California disabled individual will find it helpful to work with an experienced attorney. This guidance can help an applicant avoid unnecessary delays and complete steps in a timely manner.