New Rules May Make the Backlog of Disability Claims Even Worse

July 12, 2017

Let’s start with this: the backlog of Social Security disability cases is a national disgrace. According to the latest statistics (updated monthly with the most current data available from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) on the website disabilityjudges.com), the national average case processing time is 573

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What to Expect at Your Social Security Hearing

November 21, 2016

Many people are surprised to learn that a hearing to determine whether or not they will be awarded Social Security benefits for their disability is typically short (usually in the range of 15 minutes to one hour) and somewhat informal. Without a doubt, however, the hearing is the most important part of your disability claim,

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Will You Get a Fair Hearing Under a New SSA Plan?

June 14, 2016

With more than one million Americans waiting for hearings to decide whether or not they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, it is not uncommon for a disabled person to wait for nearly a year and a half for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. Mark Hinkle, a Social Security Administration

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SSA Magnifying Glass for Even the Most Obvious Cases, No “OTRs”

March 23, 2015

This is a first in a series of blogs which will explain why Social Security disability benefits are so hard to get, and why the process takes so long. Please stay tuned for more in the coming weeks. With Social Security disability, the process has always been driven by what happens at the hearing level

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