The SSA denied 66% of disability claims between 2008 and 2019.

The Government Accountability Office found that between 2014 and 2019, 48,000 people (1.3% of applicants) went bankrupt while waiting
for decisions on their disability appeals. Nearly 110,000 people died waiting for a decision between 2008
and 2019.

In 2021, The New York Times reported that the agency was already dealing with a large backlog of
disability claims before the virus swamped it with a sudden influx of long COVID applications, a poorly
understood condition that’s difficult to prove.

With numbers like these it is imperative that proper legal council is attained when applying for SSDI.