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By the numbers: Understanding SSDI

When people are unable to work and struggling with their health or wellness, numbers become a big part of a person's life. People are constantly trying to keep track of medication dosage and times, phone numbers for doctors, mounting bills, hours of work that are missed and shrinking bank account balances.

Unfortunately, all those numbers add up to stress, anxiety and fears about the future. And the fact is that the Social Security Administration has reported some more troubling numbers in regards to Social Security disability benefits. However, these numbers can help people understand what to expect and why it can be so crucial to have support when pursuing SSDI benefits.

According to a report in The Washington Post, there are 633,000 applications for SSDI that are awaiting either initial approval or denial. And many of the people who filled out these applications will wait for about 109 days for that decision. Sadly, only about one-third of all these applications will be approved; the rest will be denied and those applicants are given the option of appealing, which many people do.

Once approved for benefits, many people will collect an average of $1,150 every month in benefits. This may not seem like a lot, especially when compared to the money a person may have been making at a job before becoming disabled. But this money is often vital to helping people at least partially cover basic living expenses and medical care. 

As frustrating and complicated as the Social Security system can be, it is also the source of essential benefits for tens of thousands of people across the country. Even though the numbers can be disheartening, it is important to remember that there is one resource that can alleviate some of the anxiety associated with pursuing benefits: an SSDI attorney. Legal support can help people avoid costly mistakes and navigate the system without spending hours, days or weeks trying to figure out what to do next.

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