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How Long Will I Have to Wait for My Disability Hearing – February 2019 Update

At the LaPorte Law Firm, we take pride in providing information to our clients so that they know what to expect in terms of wait times. Our attorneys take care to give accurate and up to date wait-time estimations. Here is an updated list of current average wait times as of February 2019. Below we’ve provided a link to find out which hearing office has jurisdiction over your SSDI or SSI disability claim.

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.

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

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

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.