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Some Of The Reasons Why The Wait To See A Social Security Disability Hearing Is So Long

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Oct 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

It seems like the only topic I touch upon these days is the extraordinary delays in getting to see a judge who will decide your Social Security disability case. I'd like to move onto other issues, but the delays are the most important topic right now.

Five Reasons Why

I'm Gonna Tell You A Story . . .

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times probably does the best work of all reporters in covering Social Security.  He has a recent article that explains why Social Security disability claimants have to wait so long to get their cases resolved. Among the issues that Hiltzik cites:

*    Dramatic and unjustified cuts to the Social Security Administration budget by Congress.

*    Social Security spending too much time hunting for fraud, which scarcely registers as a problem.

*      Social Security's inability or unwillingness to hire enough judges and support staff.

*      The fact that Social Security has not had an official commissioner, approved by the Senate, since 2013.

*      The hostility of the Trump administration towards all government social service agencies.

The Worst Is Yet To Come

At present, there is no reason to think that the delays in getting Social Security disability hearings will get shorter.  I believe that they will, in fact, get substantially longer. There could come a time when the entire program essentially grinds to a halt. That sounds like hyperbole, but it is no more than bureaucratic inertia that is keeping the system moving at all.

Think Carefully Before You Apply

If you are thinking of applying for Social Security disability, keep in mind that the process is going to take multiple years to

About That Application . . .

conclude.  If you do not have a way to pay for rent and food during those years, you may simply have to forego even applying for Social Security disability.  That's how bad it is has gotten.

Do you see any reason for optimism in these circumstances? 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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