From USA Today:
The Social Security Administration faces a record â€” and rapidly growing â€” backlog of appeals by people who claim they are too disabled to work. Through June, it had just over 745,000 cases pending, and the wait for a hearing averaged 17 months, also a record.
Claimants in some parts of the country must wait up to 31 months, according to the agency. “People have died waiting for a hearing,” Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue says.
Delays can lead to personal havoc. click this link to see the story and link to your area’s backlogs: