When a California adult is unable to work due to physical or mental limitations, that individual could have a rightful claim to certain types of financial support. Through the Social Security Administration, one may be able to secure benefits that provide important security when a disability prevents one from holding gainful employment. However, the application process can be lengthy and complicated, and it may take months to complete.
Frustrating wait times
If an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, he or she likely has a pressing need for financial help. The application process has always been notoriously long and complicated, but recently, processing times have soared to unprecedented levels. Many say the frustrating wait times indicate that there is a significant need for more funding and proper staffing at various levels of the SSA.
Last month, the average application wait time was approximately six months. That is more than three times longer than the wait time just three years ago. Some believe that more funding would allow the SSA to process applicants faster, helping people get important support in a timely manner. Slower processing times may be related to pandemic-related staffing shortages and other challenges.
Boosting one’s chance of success
One way a California applicant can boost his or her chance of success with a claim is to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney. A legal ally with experience navigating the claims process may help one prevent unnecessary setbacks and challenges. With this help, it may allow an applicant to secure his or her Social Security disability benefits faster.