People who have been injured at work can get help with their medical expenses through Workers Compensation benefits. The Workers' Compensation system can also help with the loss of income the injured person suffers during the recovery period. But in cases involving permanent injury, the injured person may never be able to return to work as before. How will these injured workers support themselves?
Social Security Disability benefits can help workers who have been rendered permanently disabled due to injury or illness. However, it's important to know that the process of applying for the benefits has never been easy. According to many reports, it is now getting more difficult than ever.
Reports from all over the country indicate that the Social Security Administration is taking longer to review claims, and courts are taking longer to hear appeals. A typical claim takes about four months to process, and courts are so backed up that it may take as much as two years to get a hearing. For people who are in pain or otherwise unable to work, this wait can be very difficult.
New rules are scheduled to go into effect soon, and they are intended to streamline the process. However, it remains to be seen how effective they will be at speeding up wait times, especially as the federal government continues a hiring freeze and imposes budget cuts.
When you are considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, it is important to get help from a skilled lawyer who can guide you through the process, tell you what to expect and help you fight for the benefits you deserve.
Source: Buffalo Law Journal, "Case backlog, denials plague Social Security disability claims," Michael Petro, March 13, 2017