According to Mark Lassiter, media officer for the Social Security Administration, the SSA expected 2.6 disability claim applications last year and received 3 million. In 2010, 3.3 million applications are expected. Lassiter said that those who are somewhat disabled and lose their job often put in an application in hard times and bad job markets. Also, those reaching retirement age are more prone to disabilities as they get older.
This surge in application is sure to slow down the SSI and SSDI application process even further, experts say.