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Backlog at Disability Determination Services is Slowing Social Security Disability Decisions Nationwide

Posted by James Aspell | Jan 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

We have learned that there is currently a backlog at Disability Determination Services (DDS), which is causing delays in the processing of Social Security Disability applications. DDS is the State agency responsible for evaluating medical evidence and making decisions on disability claims for the Social Security Administration (SSA). The backlog is likely due to a combination of factors, including an increase in the number of disability claims being filed, limited resources, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are also hearing reports of significant staffing shortages. This can result in longer wait times for applicants to receive a decision on their claim. It's important to note that the Social Security Administration continues to process claims and payments during this period, and that applicants can reach out to their local office for updates on their specific case. If your case has been denied within the past 60 days, it is not too late to file an appeal. Contact us for further information and a free consultation.

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Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...


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