The backlog of applications for SSD at the initial application stage certainly is increasing with some of it caused by the slump of the economy. The SSA projects that by 2011 another 500,000 claims will be initiated due in part to the ongoing recession. Across the country, there has been an increase in new claims through May 2009 of almost 13%, compared to this same time in 2008. A much higher pending workload of these claims (more than a 26% increase) is leading to much longer processing times. Now, more than ever, it’s important to have the assistance of an attorney to stay on top of a claim and to be sure it’s filed correctly.

This article was written by Chip Permar