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Social Security Disability Benefits Back-Logged Forcing People to Wait More Than A Year for Payments

There are 14 comments on the Fox13Now story from Sep 15, 2009, titled Social Security Disability Benefits Back-Logged Forcing People to Wait More Than A Year for Payments. In it, Fox13Now reports that:

SANDY, Utah - Thousands of people are waiting to be approved for social security disability benefits nationwide.

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Clearwater, FL

#1 Sep 15, 2009
Hi, They are wrong as for as the time frame go's , I am currently on Disability but it took me 4 years to get on it because they are so back logged and they did pay me for three years of waiting but not for the other year because I was out of work and incapable from working due to my Disability so I couldn't afford a Doctor.
And as note , Allot of people think they will be accepted but in the eye's of the Disability means exactly that you can not hold any Job due to your impairment and it's up to you to prove it either by yourself or with the help from a Social Security Disability Attorney.
The major key of winning the case and you are legitimate and honest on your claim is to go to your Family Doctor and have all kinds of test done and make sure you keep all documentation of all test and it's findings for ammunition on your case because with out it you will for certain be denied .
Just remember this is a long and tidiest process so don't think you will get on Social Security Disability in a year or year and a half because it won't happen , if you are one of the lucky one's you can get on maybe in 2 years minimum .
Disability Lawyer

Provo, UT

#2 Sep 16, 2009
I don't know where you got your facts about anything in this article, but it is about the most inaccurate portrayal of the SSD process that I have seen made by a "news" organization. Perhaps you should do research before making a story as this will only serve to confuse and anger those that end up facing the reality of the system.
Lorie Ann Garcia

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Sep 16, 2009
I have been waiting over 2.5 years for my disability benefits. I worked 27 years of my life and I have applyed for my benefits, because some man ran the red light and pinned me under my car I was in a coma for 30 days.....please help I have a 10 year old boy a sick dad and mom no family......I can wait no longer.
Thank You..........

Grays, UK

#4 Sep 16, 2009
I was forced onto benefits long term because when I needed benefits between jobs 25 years ago, the DSS and the job centre refused to assist me at all. I would have needed help for a maximum of 2 years. Instead though they took information they knew to be false from my former employers and refused me any help at all. I had a mortgage of less than £100 per month which would have finished 3 years ago. INstead of helping me, the Benefits agencies thought it better to force me into privately rented accommodation which costs ten times the amount of my mortgage. I was then refused medical treatment for 12 years despite my obvious and debilitating pain! Now I am expected to go back to work and earn far less than I did 25 years ago to waste every penny on paying a private landlord ten times the amount I would no longer be paying for my mortgage.
Why exactly should I be willing to do this?
My condition continues to get worse but I am more than willing to work and train for work. I have to pay for my tuition privately though.
The outcome will be that if I take a job I am not fit to do, which appears to be what the government wants, I shall need to claim tax credits in the same amount as the benefits I am claiming. What is the point of this?
Isn't it strange though how this has all blown up since the ministers concerned all got caught with their hands in the till????
A bunch of theives are telling me that I am dishonest for claiming benefits I am entitled to but never wanted. I did not ask to be in this situation at any time and have kicked and screamed all the way here. The corrupt policy of benefits for the rich is to blame. I have struggled to get out of this hole for years.
When I do qualify at my chosen subjest I intend to leave this rat hole of a country and pay taxes somewhere that has some respect for it's citizens!

Brockport, NY

#5 Sep 16, 2009
American Nightmare – It Can Happen To You!

Social Security Disability Reform Petition – read the horror stories from all over the nation:
Ask your elected officials to introduce/support - Fullerton - Edwards Social Security Disability Reform Act:
Gregory R Herrell

Bristol, VA

#6 Sep 17, 2009
The story contains some important errors. First, an applicant for Social Security disability does not get a hearing when they first apply. Their medical records are obtained by Disability Determination Services, a state agency using federal guidelines, and reviewed by doctors and or psychologists who never see the applicant. The initial approval rates vary from state to state but the national average is approximately 38%. The first appeal called reconsideration has an average approval rate of 14%. The Administrative Law Judge approval rate average is about 62% with some judges paying less than 40% and some over 90%. The wait time
for a hearing alone can often be over one year. The initial and reconsideration times before then can take over a year.
Further appeals of administrative law judge denials can take another two years.
Individuals fighting for their benefits should get all the medical care they can and seek counsel familiar with the process.

Ann Arbor, MI

#7 Sep 20, 2009
yes....I too was denied.....waited a yr. and a half finally had to get an attorny...
wrote senators and congressmen about my case.....when they got my letters they called the court system...(i think they got a little scard that even the big guns saw there was a problem)....went before a took the judge 15 min. to approve it.....i also lost my marriage in the process.......I know there is a countless number of cases like mine.
We are just a number to them unless they see us in person....its a down right shame , but its the truth..... i do hope the system gets better....i was on the verge of suicide
before my case finally got approved.

Ann Arbor, MI

#8 Sep 20, 2009
I encourage everyone to write their senators and congressmen....u dont think it helps but it did in my case.....the judges dont like thoses kind of people in there buisness but if thats what it take then so be consistant and make sure your facts are correct.
Disabled and Frustrated

Saratoga Springs, UT

#9 Sep 21, 2009
Sounds like a bad business for Mr. Larsen unless he charges you by the hour then it sounds like a bit of a scam.
Let me get this straight: 6 months = 60% denial, then reconsideration = 85% denied, 3rd step in front of judge = 10% denial.
So the short is the government doesn't want to pay you and then guys like Larsen sap more of your time and MONEY to 'help' you thru the denial process. I am calling my representative NOT Sam Larsen

Anderson, IN

#10 Sep 28, 2009
i just got my approver letter on saturday the 26th of sept. after waiting for almost three years. thank god and now im still gonna wait another 30 to 60 days to get my benifit letter.
i am it comes in real soon.
oh and it took me 2 mins. in with the law judge and he gave me a fully favorabled
George Morris

Malden, MA

#11 Oct 4, 2009
I filed for the reconsideration stage in Ohio in August. My file is waiting as there are not enouch processors to handle the claims/ I meet the
blue book listing for disabilty. My question is how our government can reform health care when the Social Security process is in disarray. I also question the approval rates from state to stae from 20-30 % to over 60% in Virginia. We all paid into a system(myself for 35 years)and each applicant should be processed in a timely
and equal manner. IT is hightime for our government to take care of the working class and not Wall Street!

Saratoga Springs, UT

#12 Oct 6, 2009
It is a very frustrating process.

I guess I don't understand what that Sam guy's company does. He takes your money to help you still get denied. What service does he provide, holding your hand while you get denied? Talking you through the denial process? I guess i would rather keep my money and get denied all by myself.

I am angry at the process, but also angry at people that take advantage of those of us who are looking for answers. There seem to be many predators who see this as an opportunity to make money on those frustrated by the process. They qualify and justify it by saying we told you up front it was difficult and unlikely. Thanks for taking our money and giving us the same answer we would get on our own.

Saratoga Springs, UT

#13 Oct 6, 2009
With success in filing rates sooo low, it just seems like these guys are taking advantage of old folks.

Adrian, MI

#14 Jan 9, 2012
I got my disability within 6 months, i delt with the person that made the desisions on wether i get it or not. Everytime i went to the DR or had a test i had to contact him. Plus he wanted the results from me but he contacted them also. Now i had to wait 2yrs for medicare to kick in, why i have no idea.

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