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Longer waits coming in Social Security Disability Claims

It’s not just those Social Security Disability Lawyers in Colorado who are “irked” about the changes to the disability process–Alabama Disability Attorneys are a bit miffed as well.

The Social Security Administration is forcing Alabama and other States to adopt an additional step in the disability process. One used to be able to file for disability, wait 30-60 days for a denial letter (in the majority of cases) and then appeal said denial and request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Come October, after the initial denial-but before your ability to appeal the denial to a judge-those seeking disability benefits will have an additional step to go through.

As of October 1st, after a denial, claimants will have to file a Request for Reconsideration before asking for a hearing before an administrative law judge. Alabama used to have this middle appeals step-but were allowed to drop it several years ago and the process was sped up (Reconsideration took an additional 6 months or so before the claimant was again denied and then we could request a hearing before the Court).

I believe this added hurdle will just increase the amount of time claimants have to wait to get their day in Court-and that the government is hoping many will loose heart and drop their claim.
If you believe you are disabled and you have questions about your right to Social Security Disability benefits-DON’T GIVE UP-call and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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