Considering more than half of all initial Social Security Disability claims are denied, it comes as no surprise that getting these benefits can be a long and arduous process. It seems as though a new process in filing appeals of a Social Security Disability denial is helping to relieve these wait times though.
The Social Security Administration has begun to use an online system that allows applicants to file an appeal of the agency’s decisions. According to an article from the Las Cruces Sun-News, as many as 90,000 applicants are using the online portal per month.
The system was introduced in 2007, but problems led to the system being underused. Those issues have been addressed in order to streamline the appeals process. Now, users can more easily navigate the system and are less frequently asked for duplicate information. You can also submit documents that support your case with your appeals request. Reports indicate that workers living outside the United States are also now able to access the system to file an appeal.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys understand the frustrations that can accompany a Social Security Disability denial. That’s why we’re hopeful the revamped online appeals system will make the process of filing an appeal easier on disabled workers in the United States.