The federal government has a major backlog of Social Security disability (SSD)cases that are going through the appealsprocess, meaning that it takes longer for disabled individuals who have been denied of benefits to challenge their denials and to potentially obtain the financial support they need while they are unable to work. Of all areas the within the country, Charlotte, North Carolina has one of the highest backlogs. In fact, the backlog problem is so severe that some cases have even required the use of video-conferencing with out-of-state judges in their hearings so that they could be handled.
There was a great amount of public outcry over the SSD backlog problem in recent years. In 2007, the average processing time for an SSD hearing reached its peak at 542 days, according to a Detroit News article published by on April 19. While the implementation of productivity measures has greatly reduced the average hearing processing time, it is still lengthy at 373 days, which is a little over a year.
After applicants are denied for SSD benefits, they can have their applications reconsidered. If their applications are denied for a second time, they can choose to have hearings before Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). In this process, the denied applicants are often asked to clarify existing evidence or to provide additional evidence that supports their cases. The hearing usually involves the judge asking the applicant questions, as well as the judge questioning third-party medical and vocational experts. If the case is again denied, the applicant can request a review with the Appeals Council.
While there is nothing you can personally do to eliminate the SSD hearing backlog in Charlotte, you might be able to find ways to make the processing of your hearing run more smoothly. By working with a Charlotte Social Security disability attorney, you can help ensure that you are submitting the correct paperwork to support your case. By making sure that the steps of the application and appeals process are carried out correctly, you can avoid delays caused by mistakes that could have been prevented. At the Law Office of Jack G. Lezman, P.A., we know that time is essential when you are fighting to receive much-needed SSD benefits. Contact our firm so our legal team can help you handle your claim and hearing in the most time-efficient way possible.