A recent report put out by Allsup ranks the top 10 backlogged states with the most residents awaiting a Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits determination or appeals hearing. The report ranking is based on data generated through the end of December 2016 by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The SSA also reports that the number of people awaiting a SSDI benefits determination or appeals hearing has topped 1.1 million.

“It’s not surprising that states with higher populations have the most claimants in the disability hearing backlog,” said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of claims, Allsup. “What may surprise people is that the wait times can be just as long in states with tens of thousands of claimants as just a few thousand claimants.”

State-By-State Ranking of SSDI Backlog

The following states rank as the 10 worst states for SSDI benefit application and appeals hearing backlogs, according to data collected from the SSA.

  1. Pennsylvania – Has 125,356 applications in backlog and currently 64,927 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 646 days.
  2. Texas – Has 204,852 applications in backlog and currently 52,147 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 486 days.
  3. Michigan – Has 89,525 applications in backlog and currently 45,440 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 526 days.
  4. Ohio – Has 102,937 applications in backlog and currently 45,076 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 513 days.
  5. Tennessee – Has 60,983 applications in backlog and currently 42,681 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 526 days.
  6. North Carolina – Has 91,959 applications in backlog and currently 41,267 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 656 days.
  7. California – Has 233,391 applications in backlog and currently 100,910 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 600 days.
  8. Minnesota– Has 30,647 applications in backlog and currently 12,516 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 518 days.
  9. Wisconsin – Has 42,085 applications in backlog and currently 14,744 hearing on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 556.
  10. District of Columbia – Has 6,189 applications in backlog and currently 6,434 hearings on backlog. Average processing time in hearing office 637 days.

Contact a Portland Disability Lawyer at the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly

If you are no longer able to work because of a medical condition or injury, don’t try to file for SSDI benefits on your own. Give yourself the best chance of obtaining the maximum benefits awarded to you under the law by contacting experienced Portland Disability Lawyer Richard A. Sly.

Since 1963, Portland Disability Lawyer Richard A. Sly has helped his clients navigate the complicated legal process to obtain the best possible disability and SSI benefits. Sly is skilled at helping you build the strongest possible case for obtaining your benefits. He also has a proven track record of success when it comes to dealing with denials or appeals.

To speak with Sly about your case for free and get your claim started at no cost, call (503) 406-1471 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. Sly is headquartered in downtown Portland, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.

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1“California, New York, Florida Lead Top 10 States with Most Residents Stuck In Disability Insurance Backlog” published in PR Newswire, January 2017.