A company that sells "leads" to attorneys has done an interesting analysis that breaks down some of the reasons why fees paid to attorneys representing Social Security claimants have gone down so much in recent years. Here are some numbers they came up with, which point to a significant reduction in the percentage of claims approved by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), a significant increase in the backlog of claimants awaiting a decision after an ALJ hearing and a significant decrease in the number of disability claims filed as the reasons:
|Administrative Law Judge Decisions|
|Year||% Denied||Fully Favorable||Partially Favorable|
Administrative Law Judge Hearings Held And Decisions Issued
|Year||Decisions||Hearings Held||Hearings Held to Decisions|
Volume of Disability Claims Filed
Note that this last set of numbers has implications for the Disability Trust Fund. The current midrange projection is that the Fund will be exhausted in 2016 but that projection is based upon an assumption that the disability incidence rate would actually be increasing slightly at this time.