Alabama Social Security Disability
This year alone, thousands of Alabama residents will file disability claims with the Social Security Administration. Of the nearly four million residents living in the state, approximately 7.3 percent receive Social Security Disability payments. While the percentage of residents who receive disability benefits in Alabama is one of the highest, the number of applicants who are denied benefits during the initial stage of the application process is one of the highest as well. In fact, more than 70 percent of the disability claims received in Alabama are not approved during the initial stage of the application process. To make matters worse, nearly three-fourths of Alabama Social Security Disability applicants are also denied at the first stage of appeals. In fact, the majority of Alabama Social Security Disability applicants must appear before an Administrative Law Judge before receiving the disability benefits they are entitled to.
Because most Alabama Social Security Disability applicants must appeal the SSA’s decision to deny their initial disability claim, these applicants must wait extensive periods of time in order to receive a disability hearing before an ALJ. In the State of Alabama, it can take anywhere from 438 to 514 days to be scheduled for this hearing. It then takes another two to three months for applicants to receive notice as to whether or not the judge presiding over their case decided in their favor.
Source:Disability Benefits Center