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Submit an SSD claim correctly the first time

In the American legal system, if a person doesn't like the outcome of their legal decision, they most often have the means to appeal the decision. This appeals process does apply in most cases in which Florida citizens seek Social Security Disability benefits. However, while an appeal might take more time and effort than one had bargained for. The national average wait time for appealing a SSDI decision is currently 583 days to get in front of an administrative law judge.

Approximately 1.1 million people are currently waiting to hear status of their SSDI claims process. Florida is one of the top 10 states with the biggest backlog, with Florida residents waiting an average of more than 600 days to get in front of the judge. This is why it is so important to submit your claim for SSD benefits correctly the first time. Avoiding this queue of backlogged claims can save time, effort and money.

The SSA is aware of the backlogged claim issue and has issued $90 million in federal funding to help alleviate that wait time by hiring more staff, etc. However, that spending won't immediately speed up the queue in which people seem to be waiting an eternity to have their claim reviewed. Submitting a SSD benefits claim can be a tedious process, needing to show the correct proof and submit the information in the way requested. A failure to do this could mean ending up in that 600+ day queue to get a desired resolution.

If you are one of the unlucky Floridians stuck in the SSDI backlog, we can help. While it isn't optimal, eventually a person's number will come up and they have a shot of getting the SSDI benefits they deserve. For those ahead of the curve, submitting correctly the first time can save a huge headache. Understanding the process is half the battle of securing SSDI benefits.

Source:, "People waiting even longer for Social Security Disability hearings across the U.S.," June 1, 2017

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