New England SSI Disability Applicants: Who is on Your Side?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) disability program provides benefits to many deserving New England people each month. But this important resource for the disabled is growing at such a rapid rate that disability applicants are facing huge obstacles in getting approved.
Here are some of the problems:
- In 2001, there were 392,397 backlogged appeals; today that number is 771,318, almost double.
- In 2001, the SSA disability program paid out $55 billion in benefits; this year that number jumped to $124 billion.
- In November 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported that the SSA disability program could run out of funds in six to seven years.
- Estimates say that 3.2 million people will apply for disability this year.
- Doctors are assigned to review cases out of their fields; in one instance, a dermatologist reviewed a stroke victim’s claim.
All of these problems add up to two things: the disability system is in trouble, and getting qualified for benefits is becoming harder and harder.
For example, one truck driver suffering from neuropathy became unable to drive. With two private doctors backing him, he was still denied, partially because of the judgment of a retired pediatrician. Two years later he was finally approved. But by then he and his family had lost both of their cars were using food stamps to survive.
The Massachusetts experts at Keefe Disability Law work hard to help our clients follow up their applications for benefits. If you have applied and are concerned about your chances, call us today toll free at 888-904-6847 and see what we can do for you.
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