WASHINGTON — More than 1 million Americans are awaiting a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait of nearly two years — longer than some of them will live. When I started this job, I had no idea just how large Social Security was or how many programs it was involved in. I didn’t realize just how far it would push me, how much I would learn, or the differences I would be making in peoples’ lives. A high number of these early retirement claims should really be disability claims.
We have been seeing significant delays when it comes to the release of retroactive benefits by the Social Security Administration. Therefore, we can make some leeway in retroactive benefits processing times if we have cooperative managers at the Social Security Administration’s local level.
For this reason you should not wait until a week or two before your hearing to contact an Attorney. The Social Security disability program is designed to pay benefits to claimants suffering from medical problems causing symptoms so severe that it becomes impossible to sustain function at any type of work. Unfortunately, even most attorneys who do Social Security work aren’t familiar with overpayment cases.
Take the example of Nancy and Jim – an average middle income couple who organized their affairs and lifestyle to retire on their planned Social Security benefits. If in doubt, it is a good idea to apply, or you can ask Social Security or an attorney for an opinion on your case.
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today. The name was changed to ODAR in 2007 to reflect the fact that about 75% of the agency’s docket consists of disability cases.