How many people die while waiting for disability benefits?

How many people die while waiting for disability benefits?

It's always been the case that disability claims for SSD or SSI take too long for the majority of applicants. And, sadly, it's been a longstanding reality that individuals do die while waiting for their disability claims to be approved, either on the application or on a subsequent appeal.

The mere fact that people die while waiting for an appeal to be decided is substantial evidence of how inefficient the system really is. If a person's impairment, or combination of impairments was severe enough to play a part in their demise, it should also have been enough to demonstrate to a disability examiner that the condition or conditions likewise satisfied the Social Security Administration of disability. That definition actually does include language stating that, to be approved for disability, a condition must be severe enough to potentially result in death.

How many disability claimants die while waiting on their case? According to a recent article in Realclear Politics, "In 2017 alone, more than 10,000 people died waiting to hear if they would be awarded insurance benefits that they had worked for years to earn a 15 percent increase over the previous year."

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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