Florida Social Security Disability Backlog Skyrockets
Unfortunately, Florida’s economy has made it difficult for many employers to keep on their payroll employees who have physical problems. They simply can’t afford to continue accommodating people that may have problems with their back, or other medical conditions that limit their ability to function in the workplace.
As a result, there has been a significant increase in the number of Social Security Disability claims in Florida. The Social Security Administration statistics show that 149,044 initial disability claims were filed in Florida in 2007. Even more shocking is that by 2009, the number had increased to 197,960 claims. Applications for Social Security Disability benefits in the Tampa Bay area alone had increased over 42% from 2007 to 2009.
We are fortunate that in the Tampa Bay area that our U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, is heavily involved in the Social Security Disability claims backlog issue. With her efforts, St. Petersburg was able to open a Social Security Disability claims office.
Unfortunately, the bad news is that Florida’s economy is not going to improve any time soon and we have one of the nations worst backlogs despite the opening of a new office.
If your employer has told you that they no longer have work for you and your doctor tells you that you can no longer work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.