As an update to my recent post, the national average for processing a SSD claim is 494 days. That’s nearly a year and five months. The Greensboro office operates at 541 days (almost 50 days longer), while Charlotte beats the national average slightly at 490 days.
It is important to note that North Carolina has had a slight drop (just under 4%) in the number of claims processed this year compared to 2008, which makes us one of only two states where this happened. Compare NC to Illinois where the number of cases has unbelievably doubled, due possibly to more baby boomers in the market and people who had not planned for the economic dilemma we are in.
According to the latest reports, the Social Security Administration has the goal to end the backlog in hearing level claims in all states by 2013. Additional Administrative Law Judges, funding and efficient staff and productivity could make this happen. As always, we will keep you updated.
This article was written by Chip Permar