Case backlog, denials plague Social Security disability claims

March 20, 2017
Buffalo Law Journal

There are trends in Social Security disability practice that do not bode well for those representing individuals trying to receive this benefit. And it’s worse for their clients.

While that doesn’t change Buffalo attorney Richard Abbott’s decision of whether to take on a tough case, he acknowledges that he doesn’t win as many anymore and that the process to gain a decision can be long and tedious.

He gets calls almost daily from clients asking what is going on with their...

‘This is not the American dream,’ says woman turned destitute waiting for disability

March 20, 2017
The Kansas City Star

The tumors and cysts that blinded Barbara Sales in her left eye and, years ago, lodged in her brain have robbed her of far more than her sight and memory.

“I have photos of her face all bruised up because she got up in the middle of the night, had a seizure and fell into the dresser,” said her daughter Alicia Kroll, 25, who is a surgical nurse.

Three seizures forced Sales, 53, a former Lenexa resident, to lose a job she’d hoped to get full time. Her maladies and medications,...

Trump’s Hiring Freeze May Worsen 526-Day Disability Case Backlog

January 30, 2017

President Donald Trump’s federal hiring freeze may exacerbate a backlog of appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance that has grown so big that an average case takes more than a year to be heard.

“These are people who are desperate,” Judge Marilyn Zahm, president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges union, said. “There may be a hiring freeze on federal employment, but there’s no freeze on people getting older, people getting sicker, people having injuries and...

Tangled in fraud probe, 100s face loss of disability checks

January 4, 2017
The Washington Post

Donna Dye saw the coal truck come barreling over the horizon and her head started spinning with that familiar, desperate urge to end it all.

She thought of the disconnect notices, the engagement ring she pawned to keep the lights on, the house she loved and would probably lose. Life insurance was the only bill that was up to date; this way, she thought, it might look like an accident.

Months had passed since the letter arrived from the...