In 2012, the Social Security Administration completed 8 million claims for benefits and conducted 820,000 hearings. It also conducted 443,000 continuing disability reviews for people previously awarded benefits. With a program this big, delays are unfortunately a part of the process. While the delays are bad, the average time for a hearing to be scheduled has decreased from 512 days in 2007 to 375 days in 2013. Administrative law judge allowance rates are at a 40 year low. 47 percent of hearings resulted in favorable decisions in 2013. Many of the unfavorable cases involve individuals who were not represented by an attorney. A competent attorney greatly increases the likelihood that a disabled individual receives the benefits to which he or she is entitled. Contact us today to see how we can help!