Applying for Social Security Disability benefits isn't an easy process. It not quick, either. There are endless forms, questionnaires, and requirements. And, at the end of it all, the likelihood that a claim will be approved is slim. In fact, the majority of Initial Applications for disability are denied. Once appealed to the Reconsideration level, the majority of those claims are denied as well. Once an individual has made their way through all of the case stages, their average wait time can be over three years (based on the Social Security Administration's own data).
In rare instances, claims are awarded in less time. But, those instances are few and far between. Currently, the unfortunate tail heard across the country involves even longer wait times, and an ever-growing backlog of claims. After 30+ years representing disability claimants, we've seen just about everything at Binder & Binder®--both claims awarded quickly, and claims seemingly lasting forever.
In 1994, a client retained us to represent them on their disability claim. Following an accident on the job, our client was no longer able to work. His medical records and the opinions of his treating physicians provided sufficient evidence of his inability to return to work. Despite the sufficient evidence, his claim was denied, and he eventually appeared before an Administrative Law Judge--only to have his claim denied again. But, we didn't stop there. We appealed his denial, and continued to represent his claim.
The years passed. The denials continued, as did our appeals. The evidence supported a finding of disability, but the claim continued to be denied. At a certain point, other representatives would have walked away--sometimes, even with a seemingly perfect disability claim, it can be almost impossible to secure a positive outcome. But we stood by our client's side. When all was said and done, he had endured seven hearings, and he spent over twenty years waiting for the disability benefits he deserved. Just last week, we received notice that his claim had finally been awarded.
We stood by his side every step of the way. As America's Most Successful Social Security Disability Advocates, we know what it takes to win Social Security Disability claims--even if that means fighting for twenty years.