The Social Security Administration currently has 157 hearing offices where Administrative Law Judges(ALJ’s) conduct hearings on claims for Social Security Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. When a disabled person files for these benefits, and is denied by SSA, they appeal and eventually can have their claim heard by an ALJ, who will make a new decision on their claim. The Hearing office(Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) in San Bernardino, CA currently handles all of the claims/appeals from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The San Bernardino hearing office currently ranks 82nd out of the 157 total hearing offices based on average processing times, with the average person waiting 350 days from the day they file a Request for Hearing appeal until an ALJ makes a decision on their case. At the Law Offices of Riverside Social Security Lawyer William M. Kuntz, we are here for you when you need disability claim help. Call us today at 951-343-3400, or visit us on the web at www.Kuntzsslaw.com.
Many United States Military Veterans receiving veteran’s disability benefits are also eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. According to U.S. census data, over 9 million veterans are currently receiving Social Security benefits, or 20% of the total Social Security recipients. However, VA disability does not guarantee a vet will also receive Social Security Disability. Many times, Social Security will disregard the findings of the VA physicians and the VA ratings to reach their own “independent” conclusions that a veteran can still perform full-time work. If you are a veteran, and considering applying for Social Security benefits, or if you have applied and been denied, call Social Security Attorney William Kuntz today to see if he can help you. Mr. Kuntz has successfully represented veterans on their Social Security disability claims for over 20 years. Call us today at 951-343-3400. Or, visit our website at www.Kuntzsslaw.com.
The Social Security Administration(SSA) has announced that beginning August 15, 2011, it’s Field Offices will begin closing 30 minutes early due to US budget cuts which resulted in SSA receiving $1 billion less than it requested for it’s new annual budget. At the Law Offices of Riverside Social Security Attorney William M. Kuntz, we are here for you when you need help with a disability claim. Call us today at 951-343-3400, or visit us on the web at KuntzSSLaw.com.
The Social Security Administration San Bernardino Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is spinning off a new Hearing office. The new ODAR will soon be holding hearings in Moreno Valley, CA with some Administrative Law Judges(ALJs) from the San Bernardino ODAR, as well as new ALJs. The San Bernardino ODAR will continue to hold hearings for San Bernardino County residents with disability cases, while the Moreno Valley ODAR will hear disability cases for Riverside County residents. The goal of both ODARs is to shorten the wait time for disability claimant’s to have their appeals heard by an ALJ. For a free consultation from social security lawyer William M. Kuntz, call today at 951-343-3400, or find us on the net at www.Kuntzsslaw.com.
The Social Security Administration has announced 12 new compassionate allowances conditions which provide nearly a 100% guarantee that the person will immediately be found disabled:
- Aortic Atresia
- Eisenmenger Syndrome
- Endomyocardial Fibrosis
- Heart Transplant Graft Failure
- Heart Transplant Wait List – 1A/1B
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Recipient
- Mitral Valve Atresia
- Primary Cardiac Amyloidosis
- Single Ventricle
- Tricuspid Atresia
The United States is in a recession. Sometimes Americans need some extra help if they become disabled or retire. Social Security is a federal program that can help people. This program pays retirement Social Security benefits monthly to citizens. These benefits can come in the form of a check or be direct deposited. This program also assists disabled citizens who cannot work full time due to an illness or disability. To begin the application process, a person should either visit their local office or try the website online. Visiting the local office can be a frustrating process as lines can be lengthy. Consider going early in the morning or just applying from the privacy of your own home. The online application can take about an hour to complete. If visiting the local office, make sure to maximize the trip. Take the necessary documents with you. Do not forget to take a birth certificate, social security card, photo identification and any medical documentation such as doctor addresses and phone numbers if applying for SSDI. SSDI stands for social security disability income. This type of benefit is for those that are disabled or have a terminal illness that prevents them from working such as diabetes, cancer or even some mental illnesses such as bipolar, ADHD or depression. When applying online it is a good strategy to have all of this information available as a person will need it for the application. Once the application is submitted the process begins. Approval can take time. The wheels of Social Security do not turn fast by any stretch of the word. Be patient a decision will come by mail in a few weeks. Many times social security will request more information for a disability claim. They will need proof that a person cannot work. Some claims are easier to approve than others. For instance, a person with a terminal illness will be easier to approve than a person suffering from a mental illness such as anxiety or depression. If the decision arrives and is denied, do not fret. Most claims are denied initially. An attorney may need to be sought for assistance with the appeal. Finding one is not difficult. Talk to family and friends, search the internet or even watch television as there are hundreds of options to choose from with regards to legal representation. Applying for social security is not difficult. Be organized when applying as otherwise the claim will be slowed down. If denied the first time, do not worry. Find a good lawyer to represent the claim. Do research and locate one that can assist the situation and has experience doing such. Be patient as social security does not move fast in its approvals. Finally remember any benefits will be paid once approved back to the application date so it will not cause harm if it takes a while for an approval.