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About That Long Wait For A Hearing

Posted by John Kuhnlein | May 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

As anyone who is even thinking of applying for Social Security disability knows, the wait to get your case resolved is obscene.  For a person just starting the process, the wait to finally get the case over will be somewhere around three years.  I know that many people who are stuck in this line think it is unfair. But, not just because of the wait.

It's Those Illegals Causing The Problem

The sense of injustice tends to be most pronounced when people think that someone else is getting an unfair advantage. I think that is why there are so many myths about certain Social Security applicants getting approved without waiting.  The one I hear most often is that illegal immigrants can get Social Security disability benefits almost immediately. In fact, illegal immigrants cannot get benefits at all.

This Better Be Worth It

It turns out that there are scholars who study the psychology of waiting in line.  The New York Times ran an interesting story last week on this topic. Their focus was on shoppers who brave hours in line to get bargains on Black Friday.  I think a lot of the insight from these experts applies to anyone waiting for anything. 

Fair Is Fair (And It Better Be Fair)

It turns out that fairness is a very big deal in the psychology of waiting your turn.  The experts tend to agree that people can bear long lines so long as everyone is getting the same opportunity. Another source of irritation for people in long lines is finding out that the wait is going to be much longer than advertised.  This tells me I need to do a better job informing clients about what they are realistically looking at when they apply for Social Security disability benefits. 

If you want to know more, watch this video.

How have you handled the long wait for Social Security disability benefits? Any suggestions to help all the others in line? Let me know. 


About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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