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SSA To Conduct Disability Hearings Via Telephone

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Because they closed their offices, Social Security has altered the manner in which they conduct disability hearings.  For the foreseeable future, all such hearings will be done via telephone. The plan is to have each

Back To The Future

participant be in his or her own location. Social Security will connect all the calls and the hearing will proceed.

An Offer You Can Refuse

If Social Security calls to offer you a telephonic hearing, you have the right to refuse. If you do, though, they will take you off the calendar and put you back on the slush pile. When you will get off that pile and back before a judge, no one knows. Count on it being many months.

Are You Positioned To Wait?

Unless there is something about your physical appearance that makes a visual presentation critical, it probably makes sense to proceed with a telephonic hearing. On the other hand, if you are financially stable and have health insurance and can wait to see a judge person, that might be the better option.

Two Ways This Could Go

As for the telephonic hearings, I can see two possible effects. It may be that Social Security disability judges are

What's This You Say?

more sympathetic in plague times. But, it is also far easier to deny a claimant you are not literally facing. Think how easy it is to just hang up on a telemarketer. No social niceties are required.

Have you had a telephonic Social Security disability hearing? How did it go? 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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