There are reports that the proposed Federal Budget for this fiscal year will allow Social Security to hire an additional 5,000 to 6,000 workers by the end of the year.

This would allow a large number of workers to assist with more Social Security Disability cases, if they were assigned to the appropriate sections.

However, it takes time to hire the workers and train them and start them working.

This means that cases backlogs and delays will not automatically go away. The other factor is that more cases may be filed than in the past because of the bad economy and a larger number of people filing disability claims.

The bottom line is that the wait for Social Security Disability hearings will continue to be anywhere from two to three years for the near term.

Questions or comments about delays and what can be done? Call Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.