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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Update on Hearing Office Average Processing Times and Approval Rates

One of the toughest things I have to do when explaining to people applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or whose application has been denied is the length of the process. I try to regularly provide an update on processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims at some hearing offices (ODAR). However, it has been since February of 2018.

John Dreiser and Tony Farmer Voted Top Attorneys

John Dreiser and Tony Farmer were elected by their peers to be "Top Attorneys" in several areas of practice. CityView Magazine's July/August 2018 issue contained the annual listing of attorneys voted as the best in different practice areas by other attorneys in East Tennessee. Tony and John have been honored in every year since 2007 when the magazine began publishing the list. This year Tony was named as one of the top attorneys practicing workers' compensation. John was named as one of the top attorneys in the following areas:

You don't need your doctor's permission to file for disability

A lot of people who are too sick to continue working agonize over the idea of talking to their doctor and asking his or her permission to file for disability. They're often afraid of being rejected or being told that the doctor won't lend their support.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - SSA Adopts New Rules on Representative Conduct

The Social Security Administration ("SSA") recently adopted final rules revising the Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed Representatives for representation of claimants in Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") and Supplemental Security Income ("SSI") claims. The SSA announced the rule revisions are to update and clarify procedures for bringing charges against a representative for violating the rules and standards and that they are necessary to better protect the integrity of the administrative process.

Common myths about Social Security Disability benefits

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are vital to millions of people who are too sick or too injured to work. These benefits help recipients pay for utility bills, food, housing and transportation. Some recipients use the benefits to pay for their medical care. Whatever the reason, there are some myths out there about the benefits that we would like to dispel in today's post.

Tips for a successful Social Security disabiliity claim

Whether you are completing an application online or mailing in a paper form for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you should know that one in three applications are denied at first.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Social Security Administration Funding Increased under Latest Spending Bill

On March 23, 2018, the Senate passed its version of the previously passed House bill for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. After years of almost equal spending, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will see a $480,000,000 increase in administrative funding over the fiscal year of 2017 appropriation. The bill directs the SSA to spend $100,000,000 of increased funding on reducing the disability hearing backlog for people waiting for claims on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. Additionally, $280,000,000 of the increase will go to information technology and modernization improvement that would also help increase efficiency of the SSA. Part of the agreement also supports efforts to modernize case processing systems used by State Disability Determination Sections, which are the arms of the Social Security Administration that evaluate and determine eligibility for claimants at the initial or reconsideration levels.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -Claimants Awaiting Hearings Drops Below One Million

A recurring theme for my blog entries is the average processing time and number of claims waiting for hearings. Recently released statistics by the Social Security Administration (SSA) reveal that the number of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims awaiting ALJ hearings continues to drop. As of February of 2018 there were 1,001,231 claims pending and as of mid-March the backlog dropped below 1,000,000. The decrease in the backlog is largely due to declining numbers of hearing requests, though ALJ productivity has increased slightly from 1.92 dispositions per ALJ per workday in fiscal year 2017 to 1.97 so far in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, there were 42 more active ALJs in the end of February than there were on average last fiscal year. However, as recently noted the average processing times for most hearing offices remain high.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Benefits of Representation

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows statistical evidence in the fact that claimants in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims have a three times higher rate of success at hearings than those claimants who do not have representatives. The report sites as one of the reasons for higher success rate is that the representative can help the claimant ensure that medical evidence and other evidence is fully developed and help the claimant present testimony at the hearing. The GAO report also sites representatives' selectivity regarding claims as a possible factor as well.

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