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Many Initially Denied Social Security Disability Claims Now Being Approved

June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

With a growing number of American citizens applying for Social Security Disability Benefits each day, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is denying more claims than ever before. Data indicates that as many as 70 percent of all initial Social Security disability claims are denied.

But the SSA’s tightening of the reins is being undermined by many claim denials being overturned by administrative judges. Further complicating the problem is the fact that the agency is not following up on approved claims in a timely manner to ensure the recipient is still unable to work.

An article from CBS News explains that many experts feel an overload of cases heard by administrative judges. The judges are expected to hear a certain number of cases each year, which has led to court officials prematurely handing out approvals.

Numbers show judges are approving more than half of the cases they hear. This is because judges are expected to hear between 500 and 700 cases per year and, often, approvals are given just to keep up with the caseload.

The SSA is also falling behind on follow up procedures to ensure payments are being made correctly. The agency currently has 1.3 million follow-up review cases to handle.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize how complex the Social Security Disability system can be and are here to answer any questions if you are considering applying for benefits.