Facing an Overflow of Claims, Social Security Makes Disability Determination ErrorsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 19, 2012 | In Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration (SSA) processes a large number of applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits each year. The SSA currently faces a large backlog of cases, and attempts to reduce the backlog have resulted in errors in nearly 25 percent of recent claims, according to an article in the Washington Post.
On average, an administrative law judge reviewing an SSD benefits appeal handles 500 cases each year. In a recent study of the SSA’s disability claims handling process, one judge averaged 1,800 cases per year. The study also found that of 300 cases that were chosen for auditing, nearly 25 had come to a conclusion – either denying or granting disability benefits – that wasn’t consistent with the medical records and other evidence.
Errors in SSD determinations can have serious consequences. If benefits are erroneously denied, a disabled person and the person’s family must continue to struggle to pay medical bills, obtain needed therapy, and even perform daily tasks of living. Appealing decisions in order to correct such errors takes additional time, creating additional burdens.
The SSA has stated that it is addressing the problem by hiring new administrative law judges, increasing the credential requirements for administrative law judges, and holding judges accountable when they don’t take the necessary care with their cases. However, the problem may persist until the backlog – and any appeals that result from erroneous claims – is resolved.
If you’re facing disability and need help seeking benefits, please don’t hesitate to call an experienced southern California Social Security Disability claim denial attorney at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office. We can help you with every step of the process, including denial and reconsideration, so that you can focus on your daily life. For a free consultation, call us today at (800) 438-7734.