Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Kansas Woman Has Been Waiting 8 Years for Disability Benefits

Publicity over the Social Security Disability backlog continues to mount.

It’s no wonder that reporters are attracted to this story because there are so many heartbreaking cases of really sick, disabled people struggling financially while they play the waiting game for Social Security Disability benefits.

If you get sick or hurt so badly that you may never work again, your last, desperate wisp of a safety net — Social Security disability benefits — is horribly tattered.

Apply for benefits now and, if statistical averages hold for the Kansas City area, it may be December 2009 before you see a check. That is if you are among the estimated one in three applicants who gets any money at all.

Vicki Kindred’s story is particularly shocking. The 51-year-old Missouri woman has been trying since May 2000 to win disability benefits after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and other ailments. She made some mistakes in her initial claim, which served to further prolong the process.

Now, Kindred’s husband, Larry, who had a stroke in 2004, is applying for Social Security disability benefits, as well.

You have to wonder whether either of them will ever receive a check.

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