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Social Security Disability and Award Rates by ALJs

ssd claim.jpgCritics of Social Security Disability (SSD) often raise concerns about administrative law judges (ALJs) whom they charge with being too lenient when adjudicating appeals. Our previous blog post discussed how these critics use old statistics to support their claims. Critics have to go back several years to find numbers that make their assertions seem true.

Stories About Social Security Disability Appeals Rely on Old Statistics

The attacks on Social Security Disability continue. These attacks are often distributed by seemingly respected media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The fact that such attacks appear in "respectable" newspapers covers up the fact that they are often based on false or misleading information. Take, for example, an op-ed piece that appeared in the WSJ on March 8th attacking what it suggested was a very common practice: gaming the system by trying to find the "best" administrative law judge to handle an appeal. Allegedly over-generous judges, according to the authors, are one of the reasons that the SSD system is facing a crisis.

Pennsylvania Social Security Disability Approvals Decline

Getting approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is getting much harder, even when the disability is very clear. A Pennsylvania man with a diagnosis of Huntington's disease was denied SSD benefits. Although he eventually was successful after several rounds of appeals, the initial denial speaks volumes.

You Can File a Social Security Disability Appeal if You Are Initially Turned Down

ssd ssi approved.jpgThe majority of applicants for Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) are turned down the first time they apply. In fact, only about 30 percent of claims are approved the first time. If you fall into the 70 percent of disabled people who are turned down the first time, don't make the mistake of reapplying. You will just get denied again. And don't give up. Rather, you should file an appeal to have your case reconsidered.

Social Security Disability Appeals Backlog in Baltimore

The size of the backlog of Social Security Disability (SSD) claims has been making news recently, as have reports about how long it takes to obtain a decision from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Some offices have longer wait times, others have bigger backlogs. One office that has a poor track record for both is the Baltimore, Maryland, SSA office. At the end of May 2014, there were 11,652 SSD cases pending in Baltimore, an increase of 25 percent from 2012. Claimants in Baltimore are waiting an average of 17 months to receive a decision on their appeals. This is apparently what the Baltimore Sun called the "third-worst" office in the United States.

My Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits Was Denied. Now What?

Most people who file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits don't win at the first stage of the claims process. It doesn't mean that you will never receive SSD benefits. However, it does mean that you have more work to do and you start the process known as Social Security Disability appeals.

Georgia Social Security Disability Appeals Office is Closing

Given the publicity around the Social Security Disability (SSD), it's surprising when an office closes.  One would think that to address the highly publicized backlog of applications, the Social Security Administration would need as many offices as possible.  H0owever, the rented office in West Augusta had recurring maintenance problems that the landlord failed to address.

What are the common causes of disability in the United States?

An article on the respected website WebMD outlines the most common causes of disabilities that leave people unable to work. These impairments force workers to retire early, seek Social Security Disability (SSD) payments, or file for benefits from their employer-provided disability insurance. Although workers have different options available to them, they share the same problem: An injury or illness has made it impossible to continue working. 

Disabled Queens, NY Residents Likely To Be Reconsidered

Earlier this year, we discussed a class-action lawsuit that was filed against a select number of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) in Queens, New York in 2011. The allegations at hand? Bias. The class-action lawsuit claimed that five ALJs allowed their prejudice and bias to interfere with their ability to make fair and just decisions-an estimated 4,000+ decisions.

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