social security disability

What You Dont Know About Social Security—but Should – WSJ.

This article raises important points.
Social Security just not have the employees necessary to take care of all the business in its jurisdiction. Any wonder it takes so long to get a Social Security Disability decision?


The Social Security cash crunch Congress cant ignore – Jun. 17, 2014.

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Here we go again.
This will start another round of media stories, and more people will be denied because of Social Security Judges who feel the pressure.

Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp claims | Boston Herald.

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This does not happen in any place that I practice.
It is more like: deny, deny, deny.
The Social Security Judges are cracking down on cases because of media reports such as this and are being very hard on claimants.

Social Security disability backlog in Md. among highest in nation – Baltimore Sun.

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It is very frustrating for people to wait this long for a hearing and they have already waited 8 to 10 months from application time through the initial review levels. It is only going to get worse because of more people filing and not enough workers to review the cases.

Congressmen propose new commission to fix Social Security.

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These proposals and discussions are important because they reflect concern over the viability of the Social Security Disability program and influence the decision makers in the Social Security Administration including the Administration Law Judges. This means, as a result, that it is more difficult to win your disability case.

Social Security disability as social insurance | The Jackson Sun |

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A nice summary of the Social Security Disability program.

I have seen some attorney advertisements that claim they can speed up the Social Security Disability procedure to get you a hearing faster than the 18 to 20 months it now takes in Illinois.

Is this true?

Unfortunately not.

There is really not much a lawyer can do to speed up the Social Security review process.

There are certain types of case such as Veteran’s disability claims who have been rated at 100 percent disability that have priority.

If you have been evicted or have a foreclosure notice, then Social Security may push your case forward.

Contacting a Congressional office may help speed things up somewhat, but there are no guarantees.

A lawyer can contact the Adjudicator at the State Agency and keep them informed of recent medical treatment and doctor’s opinions. This is helpful because it may persuade Social Security that your condition has worsened. It is also important in cases that involve cancer because it provides the latest information about how your disease is progressing.

The problem is that there are not enough Social Security workers and a large number of disability filings.

This creates a large line of cases waiting for hearings. There are only a limited number of judges and they cannot hear more than 6 cases a day.

The most important thing is to continue to see your doctors and explain the problems and limitations you have. The Judge will examine your medical records closely and you must make sure they support your testimony of problems regarding lifting, walking, standing and sitting.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May with Williams and Swee at 309-827-4371.

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