The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives is the most authoritative voice for disability claimants. According to NOSSCR, the situation is bad and getting worse for claimants. Fewer cases are being granted, and it is taking longer to get decisions from the Administrative Law Judges of the Social Security Administration. Here is the opening paragraph of a recent article in the NOSSCR newsletter:
Hearing processing times are increasing. ALJ allowance rates are decreasing. Cases pending more than one year are increasing. Senior attorney advisor fully favorable decisions are decreasing. The number of cases pending per ALJ is increasing. The number of available ALJs is decreasing. These and other hearing level statistics do not paint a pretty picture of the current situation at the ALJ hearing level. At the end of November 2014, the number of pending cases at the ALJ hearing level surpassed one million, as predicted.