Have you been denied Social Security Disability benefits?

If you're applying for Social Security Disability benefits, be prepared for a long wait -- especially if you aren't approved early on in the process.

Once a disability case is set for a hearing, time seems to stop moving for most applicants. Wait times to see an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), have a hearing and get the decision (which is not issued the same day but can take several months after the hearing to be issued) are at a record high across the nation.

While there are differences in wait times depending on where you live, the national average wait time is a whopping 596 days. That's probably not surprising if you know that there are around 1.1 million cases sitting in the Administration's backlog -- which is around 400,000 more than there were in 2010.

To be at the hearing level, a case has to have been denied at least twice before. For many who need the benefits that Social Security can provide, it becomes critical to try to avoid going to the Hearing level -- which means winning the case either on the initial filing or during the first appeal, known as a reconsideration.

That makes it a wise move to consider hiring an attorney if your claim doesn't get approved during the initial application. An attorney who regularly handles Social Security Disability claims can give you an honest assessment of your case, help you identify exactly why your claim was denied during the initial round and advise you on how to overcome those obstacles.

While there's no guarantee of success, the tactic could prevent you from ending up in that line of claimants waiting to get a date in front of an Administrative Law Judge.

If you're having trouble getting your Social Security Disability application approved, review our website for more information.

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