According to a press release, the Social Security Administration may be taking longer to process claims that have to go to hearing. The increase is only listed at approximately 8 days on average, according to the release, but that still means that the average hearing time is going to take about a year before people have any chance of getting benefits that there were denied.
In addition to this, there has been a push to reduce disability allowances that could affect those who are seeking relief because of suffering a disability that prevents them from working. Taken together, this means that it could become very difficult for people to get their benefits in a timely manner or, in some cases, to get them at all.
The Social Security Administration has very intricate rules and, for most people, they’re complex enough that winding your way through them is going to be difficult, if not impossible. Even the appeals process is fraught with complications and that might mean that you end up not getting benefits to which you are entitled because of not understanding the entire process of appeals.
There are ways that people can get their benefits if they were denied at first, but the procedure has to be followed to the letter and you sometimes have to be very patient about the entire affair. This can be frustrating, particularly when you’re counting on those payments to see you through tough times. Many applicants end up making mistakes such as reapplying over and over for the same benefits rather than going through the formal appeals process or they try to represent themselves, which is usually almost certain to fail. If you’re not sure whether or not your claim is going to be honored, you may want to talk to an attorney about getting assistance.
Why Attorneys Can Help
Dealing with the Social Security Administration is all about understanding a vast bureaucracy. A Social Security disability attorney will understand the bureaucracy and what’s required of you to get your benefits. They’ll also understand what steps to take if you’re denied, which can have a huge amount of time for applicants who might otherwise take the wrong steps, lengthening the time it takes them to get their benefits and possibly doing them no good whatsoever. There are some complexities involved but, with an attorney, your chances of navigating them successfully are vastly increased.