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In theory, the Social Security benefits model works something like this. You can’t work due to your illness and/or injury. You apply for benefits. Six months later you receive them.
You should be. Here’s what really happens. After spending hours putting your claim together and submitting it, it enters a huge bureaucracy overwhelmed with work. Claims are quickly lost in an administrative system with a checklist of discouraging characteristics.
It lacks compassion.
There is a crushing amount of paperwork.
It’s a long exhausting process.
It favors efficiency over fairness.
As your claim gets shuffled around, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine eligibility. Insufficient information in any step may result in denial. How often does this happen? On average, 7 out of 10 initial disability applicants are turned down. It gets worse. In New York State, hearings to appeal rejected claims are backlogged 2 years in addition to the 5 months it takes to simply process your initial application.