June 2018

Social Security Disability Hearings: Short Staffed, Long Waits

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A recent article in the Washington Post attributes the long wait times required for Social Security Disability (SSD) hearing decisions to staffing problems within the Social Security Administration (SSA)—including a low number of judges. The full article is available here. According to the article, the current number of pending hearings is about 986,000—with an average…

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Federal Court Ruling Extends Disability Benefits to Injured Veterans

desk with glasses, book and a gavel

According to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, veterans previously denied disability for pain related to their service may now qualify for assistance. The decision overturns an earlier precedent that states veterans must clearly connect their pain to a medical diagnosis to receive disability. This precedent has been…

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