Short staffing leads to long waits for Social Security disability hearing decisions

Robert Steers of Southington, Conn., was an Army captain who served in Afghanistan. He also served his country looking for contraband with the Transportation Security Administration. Now, he’d like to get decent service from the Social Security Administration. But, as many Americans know, this can be an exasperating experience, filled with endless waits and growing […]

Posted on: April 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Autism Spectrum Listing a Challenge

Autism Spectrum Listing a Challenge Autism was included as a unique impairment in the 2017 amendments to the Mental Health Listings of Impairments. It is likely that the increasing number of claimants suffering with autism diagnoses motivated the addition of this subsection. The Listing, however, only identifies the most severe symptoms that no one could […]

Posted on: April 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

2017 Waterfall Chart for Claims and Appeals

This chart shows the percentages of Allowances, Denials, and Dismissals for 2017. The chart details percentages at the different Level’s of Social Security’s claims process.   2017 Waterfall Chart (accessed from https://www.ssa.gov/budget/FY19Files/2019CJ.pdf)

Posted on: March 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Sometimes More Than Social Security Disability Benefits Are Available

Clients often come seeking help and are not even aware of all of their possible rights and benefits besides Social Security disability. Other legal protections and benefits may include: Some people have lost jobs that could have been salvaged with a simple negotiation with an employer. If an employee has a disability, but can continue […]

Posted on: March 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

How Do We Prepare For Hearings?

Most claimants end up appearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) after being denied by lower level state agency adjudicators. This is the most important step in the administrative review process because it is the only time a claimant gets to go face to face with the decision maker. Everything before this stage, and after […]

Posted on: February 26, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Backlog for SSI Claims – Across the Nation

SSI backlog: Thousands around Philly waiting more than two years for disability hearing January 7, 2018 by Claudia Vargas Using a cane to balance her steps, Adrianne Gunter made her way to a small courtroom on the 21st floor of a Center City building where a judge awaited via video screen. Gunter had been waiting 788 […]

Posted on: January 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Clients need help filing Social Security disability claims

Dec 27, 2017 @ 11:30 am By Mary Beth Franklin When financial advisers discuss Social Security benefits, it is usually in the context of counseling clients when to claim retirement benefits and the impact of that decision on the amount of survivor benefits for the remaining spouse. But one of the Social Security program’s most valuable features […]

Posted on: January 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

The Standard for Proving Your Child is Disabled

Child’s Disability Cases are Very Complicated and the Legal Standard is Far Different from Adult Disability Cases To be found disabled, within the meaning of sections 1602 and 1614(a)(3)(C) of the Social Security Act (“Act”) the child must suffer from a medically determinable physical or mental impairment (or combination of impairments) that results in marked […]

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Mapping the Growth of Disability Claims in America

Mapping the Growth of Disability Claims in America Where jobs vanish, disability insurance is the safety net. by Brendan Greeley December 16, 2016, 10:24 AM MST If you’ve paid into Social Security, become injured or sick, and can no longer earn more than $1,130 a month, you can get a monthly subsidy from Social Security’s […]

Posted on: December 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Waiting Times to Get a Disability Hearing Are Getting Longer

Social Security Recently Completed an Audit and Found that Hearing Wait Times are Increasing Here is some information from their report: “The hearings and appeals process has experienced worsening timeliness and growing backlogs. For instance, the average processing time for a hearing increased 27 percent from 426 days at the end of FY 2010 to […]

Posted on: November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading



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