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The Backlog For Hearings Is Longer Than Ever--But Fear Not

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Oct 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

When SSA passed the one million mark in people waiting to have their Social Security disability hearings, many people took note.  These included reporters at the Washington Post. Something about having that many people waiting seemed to signal that the delays were at their nadir. Well, forget about it. Now it is even worse.  The average waiting time for a hearing is now an amazing 450 days. But fear not--SSA has a plan to get the backlog down to a manageable 500,000 cases (no one else but government workers thinks this way, really, that getting down to a half a million people waiting for a hearing is success.) Naturally, the plan has multiple parts that involve hiring more people and using more technology.  Some of the changes might help, such as hiring 400 new judges. Others are window-dressing at best, like putting the files in better order to assist the judge in reviewing them.  I guess I have been doing this too long, but all I can think when I hear about the plans to speed things up is: Yeah, right.  I suspect that when the Washington Post looks at the backlog in October, 2016, it will be longer than it is now. Social Security will assuredly be standing by with an even spiffier new plan, this one sure to work. 

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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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