Both nationally and locally the process to obtain Social Security disability benefits is backlogged especially at the hearing level. If denied benefits a claimant can, if he timely acts, appeal for a hearing. It is taking over a year or longer to obtain that hearing in Colorado. Elsewhere the wait can even be longer. It does appear that justice delayed is justice denied. Hopefully over time this backlog can be cleaned up. At my last hearing the hearing Judge was in Tucson and we had the hearing by way of television. Documents are now being scanned in to make a CD so that they are easily handled. All of this provides some hope but it will take some time to speed up the process. Sometimes though it seems like one step forward and two steps back.