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Starving the Beast

Starving the Beast

It is no surprise to our clients and others that SSA offices have failed, or more accurately, have been unable to provide quality service to the public. What is clear from the data is that Congressionally-mandated budget cuts over many years are the reason for SSA’s problems.

Average Waiting Times for Final Decision after Disability Hearing Request

For those of us in Social Security law practice, it is evident that the hearing offices in Northern California, Reno and Hawaii are taking longer to issue written decisions following hearings.  It has been publicized that the waiting times to obtain hearings has slowed across the U.S., and we have passed along the statistics showing these delays in a separate article.

Settlement Gives Second Chance to Disability Claimants Who Were Subjected to Medical Exams by Dr. Frank Chen

Settlement Gives Second Chance to Disability Claimants Who Were Subjected to Medical Exams by Dr. Frank Chen

Thousands of individuals denied Social Security disability benefits after submitting to a medical exam by Dr. Frank Chen may soon be given the opportunity to have their denied claims re-evaluated as a result of a recent legal settlement. These claimants include those who were examined between 2007 and 2013 by Dr. Frank Chen at one of Social Security’s clinics located in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Luis Obispo County, including Northstate, Health Analysis, Priority, Pacific Health Clinic, or any other clinic at which they were seen by Dr. Chen.

Child in Care

Child in Care

These days, we often hear from certain politicians and media that too many people are receiving Social Security benefits. Yet a recent study showed that in one specific area involving monies to parents with a child under 16, SSA wrongfully terminated benefits to rightfully eligible mothers and fathers.

Use of Personal Health “Diaries” as Evidence at Your Disability Hearing

Use of Personal Health “Diaries” as Evidence at Your Disability Hearing

Personal health diaries can help prove disability claims based on medical conditions that increase or decrease in their severity. For example, an individual with a pulmonary condition causing recurring “attacks” may have adequate control of their symptoms most days, but the severity and frequency of asthma attacks, recurring bronchitis or pulmonary infections or “flares,” are such that the person can’t hold a job.

Knowledge is Power – Get accurate hearing wait time estimates by locating your local Social Security office

Knowledge is Power – Get accurate hearing wait time estimates by locating your local Social Security office

Locating Your Nearest Social Security Field Office

Whether you have a pending disability application, or are considering filing for Social Security disability, it’s important to know the location of your local Social Security office. Luckily Social Security provides an easy way to locate your local Social Security field office using your zip code.