That is how many cases behind the Social Security Administration is behind according to this article in the Washington Post.
I often have clients that NEED their case moved faster. I WANT to move cases faster– I would be happy to move them faster. Unfortunately, there is little that we can do to make this happen. Currently, Columbia is ranked 139 out of 163 in processing time for cases with an average of 502 days. (The Columbia office covers a lot of the Pee Dee area including Dillon, Florence, Darlington, Sumter, Clarendon, Bennetsville, Chesterfield, Marion, Kershaw, etc.) Greenville Office is ranked 151 and the Charleston office is ranked 73. (Source: NOSSCR Volume 36, Number 10; November 2014).
While we can file a dire need request in the most serious of circumstances, that can only be filed once a hearing has been requested. Sadly, many clients get sicker as they wait for a hearing. Some clients even die as the hearing approaches. Many can not afford medicine or medical treatment. It is truly a sad situation.