Only a small percentage of the American population with disabilities will qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance: nearly 2 million people apply annually, but many are denied benefits.
The result is that both receiving and administering Social Security benefits has become extremely difficult for those who need SSDI benefits and for the SSA.
Currently, nearly 1,000,000 people are backlogged at the SSDI hearing level alone. Though the SSA is working hard to cut through the backlog, improve its methods and add staff, those with disabilities will continue to face a complex and intimidating process and long delays in getting SSDI, especially without help.
To see the average wait time in your area, check out the disability backlog in your home state.