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Disability hearings delayed due to administrative cuts

Our law firm focuses on disability rights. We have worked with many individuals who were facing tremendous financial, emotional and physical pressures due to impairment or disability. Against that backdrop, time can be of the essence.

Unfortunately, a claim for assistance from the Social Security Administration is not met with the appropriate timely response that disabled individuals deserve. Specifically, recent data indicates that about one million Americans are enduring an average administrative delay of over 575 days before getting a hearing on their claims.

Applicants for Social Security disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income may not be able to pay their housing and medical costs without timely assistance. Asking these individuals to survive for about a year and a half on any savings they might have is unfair. The wait can also be devastating, possibly resulting in disabled individuals losing their homes or worse.

In the last six years, Congress has reduced the SSA’s operating budget by 10 percent. This year’s budget proposal does nothing to reverse that trend. Yet the cost is very real: the SSA has closed over 500 mobile offices and 60 field offices since 2010.

A recent article urges individuals to contact their Members of Congress and voice support for the SSA’s budget. Disabled individuals deserve to have an agency that is appropriately funded and staffed. Our law firm proudly supports such policies. We also provide strong advocacy to our disabled clients, offering a free initial consultation to discuss the particulars of their application and ways to strategically improve it. Call our toll free number at 1-866-886-0660 for help with your disability benefits case.

Source: National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, “Call Congress TODAY about SSA Funding,” Sept. 8, 2016

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