Thursday, November 15, 2007

Social Security Disability Claims in New York

According to recent information, there are over 52,000 backlogged disability claims pending in the state of New York at the disability hearing level. Presumably , this includes both social security disability and SSI disability claims. That's quite a few cases, and indicative of how long it may take to get a hearing date in New York after a hearing has been requested.

If you live in New York and are pursuing a disability claim with the social security administration, will you have to request a hearing at some point? Most likely yes. Recent year statistics showed that for all individuals filing a disability application in New York, more than sixty percent were denied for disability. Even worse, for those who filed a request for reconsideration (this is the first appeal), more than eighty percent were also denied.

While some residents of New York who apply for social security disability or SSI will be approved on the initial claim, the reality is that the majority will have to appeal at least as far as the hearing level to be approved for benefits.

Is filing a claim more difficult in New York versus other states? No, the system is federal and standardized, meaning that both the application and appeal process is the same, regardless of the state in which you live. However, with some of the worst backlogs in the country (not surprising, considering the sheer size of the state), an individual who is considering filing for disability in New York should probably get an application in as soon as possible.

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