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.