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Supreme Court to hear case on SSDI attorneys' fees cap

Because the application process can be daunting for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants, an experienced attorney can be of great help. An attorney can be of particular assistance if SSD benefits are initially denied and an appeal is necessary. In fact, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that claimants who are represented at appeal hearings are three times more likely to prevail than their unrepresented counterparts.

An experienced lawyer can make a difference for SSDI claimants

At a time when a lot of media attention has been focused on the lengthy wait times that Social Security Disability claimants are experiencing in Georgia and across the country, it is not surprising that many applicants may be wondering what they can do. The answer is, at the moment, there is not much that a claimant can do to speed up the SSD benefits process. But the assistance of a seasoned lawyer can help to prevent further delays.

Private insurance not viable fix for SSDI

The highly-publicized struggles of the Social Security Administration - due largely to budget woes - have drawn the attention of Congress, but not entirely in the way the agency might have hoped. Expanding retirement rolls and burgeoning claims for Social Security Disability Insurance have strained the agency's resources to such an extent that it is no longer keeping up. In fact, thousands of people have died while waiting to hear whether they qualified for SSD benefits.

SSA needs more funding to help Georgia SSDI claimants

The resources of the Social Security Administration have been under considerable strain in recent years. Such pressures have had a deleterious effect on the SSA's ability to deliver the services that fall under its purview to claimants and retirees - in Georgia and beyond. The SSA's struggles have been noted not only by the press but also by government watchdog agencies such as the Government Accounting Office, as well as Congress.

Is SSDI different from Georgia workers' compensation?

In Georgia, when a employee is injured at their place of work, while they are performing the duties of their job, the worker usually must rely on the state's workers' compensation system for medical and financial assistance. However, if the injuries prevent the worker from returning for a long period of time or impair one's ability to work at all, they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

SSA overburdened, SSDI claimants suffer in Georgia, elsewhere

A March 2018 report has made it clear that the Social Security Administration's current workload is untenable if the agency hopes to ease the backlog of Social Security Disability Insurance claimants it is facing. This report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office was released shortly after a January report from GAO found wide-ranging inconsistencies in hearings results and criticized the amount of time claimants are waiting before SSD benefits hearings are held. In its latest findings, GAO identified the challenges that SSA is currently facing and that must be faced to deliver the levels of service SSD benefits claimants require.

SSDI Claimants with representation prevail three times more often

More than a million disabled workers are waiting in limbo to see if the qualify for benefits for which they have already paid. In the last two years, more than 18,000 such workers have died while waiting for a hearing to determine whether they were eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Nationally, claimants who request a hearing wait an average of 20 months before being heard. Claimants in Georgia are seeing similar wait times with some Atlanta applicants waiting even longer to determine whether they'll be able to receive benefits from a program they paid into throughout their careers.

How does a federal shutdown affect SSDI or VA benefits?

In January, the federal government shut down for a few days until Congress patched together a deal that appropriated sufficient funds to get it running again for a few weeks. The possibility of another shutdown looms on the horizon unless lawmakers come up with a more long-term solution. What does this mean for Georgians who rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Veterans (VA) benefits to make ends meet?

Backlog slows Social Security Disability benefits

In Georgia, a worker with an injury or illness that will keep them out of work for a year or more can look to Social Security Disability Insurance for financial assistance. This federal program is funded by the U.S. workforce. However, a burgeoning backlog is preventing injured and ill workers from getting the financial assistance they need.

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