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Social Security disability benefits backlog is lengthy

Thousands of people nationwide seeking disability assistance are waiting months, or even years, for Social Security to hear their cases. The numbers for the Salt Lake City Office of Disability Adjudication and Review as of late September 2016 indicate an 18 month wait time from the date that a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge […]

Social Security applicants struggle for disability benefits

Social Security benefits can often be difficult to receive. This article by Elizabeth Earl of thePeninsula Clarion, provides a case study of an Alaskan fisherman and the process that many people go through when attempting to access benefits. Elizabeth includes the waiting game, the potential oversight, the medicine and the law that is common in […]

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Consultative Examinations

When seeking Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, in  many claims, the Social Security Administration will schedule Consultative Examinations for you.  It will then use the results to help them determine the severity of your impairments. Do I need a consultative exam? Consultative examinations are conducted at the request and expense of the […]

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Intellectual Disability

The rule which directs how a claim for intellectual disability, learning disability, mental retardation, low IQ or special needs is called Social Security Listing 12.05.  The listing states that if a person has a valid IQ score of 59 or less, and also displays adaptive functioning deficits that were present prior to the age of […]

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ALJ Bias Class Action Settlement Receives Final Approval

Article by Emilia Sicilia via NOSSCR.org The Chief Judge Carol Bagely Amon of the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted final approval of a settlement. This case was a class action lawsuit that complained of a generalized bias of five Administrative Law Judges in the SSA’s Queens, New York hearing […]

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Allowance Rates drop During Economic Downturns

What is the process of why allowance rates drop during economic downturns? Here is a quick explanation. SSA Actuary: Allowance Rates drop During Economic Downturns Article found in the NOSSCR: Vol. 35, #10 October 2013 The Chief Actuary of the SSA office explained the process of why allowance rates drop during economic downturns. Disability claims […]