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I love my job as a Social Security Disability attorney. I really do.
It’s rewarding to know I’m trying to help someone achieve a financial lifeline. Especially when I read articles like the one published June 10, 2016 in the The Washington Post. It confirmed something our staff instinctively knew: hearing wait times are taking longer and longer.
The article claims, “The average wait for a hearing [for Social Security Disability] rose from 360 to 540 days between 2011 and 2016. And the number of applicants awaiting a hearing has risen to over 1 million, an all-time high.”
Those are national numbers. In North Carolina, wait times are even longer. In Charlotte and Greensboro the average wait times are 21 months, and in Raleigh it’s 19 months.
Why so long and how can you potentially hasten your decision?
Fewer Social Security Disability Reviewers Take on More Case Loads
The article explains that these extended wait times are a result of Social Security Administration budget cuts, which forced a hiring freeze in 2011.
You don’t need to tell us that fewer reviewers are taking on more Social Security Disability cases. Our growing caseload speaks volumes.
Consequences of Delayed Social Security Disability Benefits
The ripple effects these cuts can have on human lives are shameful and shocking. Here is an actual example of what happened to a client who waited patiently while fewer workers took on more cases.
Our client had multiple and obvious disabilities. Even so, the client had to wait over a year to reach the stage to just request a hearing. Unfortunately, a couple of months after our client’s hearing request was finally approved, she passed away due to untreated medical conditions. The client’s ailments were treatable, but were not given medical attention because she could not afford treatment.
I often ask myself, if our client had received the benefits she so clearly needed, would that client be here today? Troubling as this was, we were able to pass the case on to our client’s spouse, as is customary, in hope that the spouse could receive the benefits the family needed. Several months later, the spouse died too.
Without a steady stream of income, many of our clients may not be able to pay for essentials like food, shelter, and medical treatment. In these instances, Social Security Disability benefits are not only a financial lifeline, they can be a literal lifeline. As we witnessed firsthand in this case, without treatments and regular medical assistance, the lifespan of these cases have a huge impact on those who desperately depend on their Social Security Disability payments.
We cannot change the bureaucracy of the Social Security Administration. That is why we believe it is more important now than ever to hire an experienced attorney who will try to do everything in their power to help move you through the process as quickly as possible, so you may be able to start receiving the benefits you may need.
Just the paperwork alone can be overwhelming for one person. We have an entire team of experienced people dedicated to that effort. Not only can we help you complete it correctly, process it on time, and in the manner in which Social Security Disability requires, but we can also follow up in a timely manner and try to prod the administration along. We can also help you obtain your medical records so that when your case goes to hearing, we know we’ve tried to do everything possible to make sure the i’s were dotted and t’s crossed.
Get Your FREE Case Evaluation From a NC Social Security Disability Lawyer
Our Social Security Disability lawyers and paralegals know how to navigate this complex (and quite frankly, slow) system. Just because the government doesn’t necessarily give your case the attention it may deserve in a timely manner, it does not mean we won’t.
P.S. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay any attorney’s fee unless we win your case for you. Further, the federal government caps the fees lawyers receive from Social Security Disability cases. Read about Social Security Disability contingency fees here.