Administrative Law Judges Feel SSD Claims Backlog is Too Long

This blog has featured many stories from news stations, newspapers or other news source around the nation that have done a story on Social Security Disability. Most of those stories have quotes from either attorneys, people seeking disability or even the commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

So how do Administrative Law Judges feel about the current climate with Social Security Disability and how long it takes for claims to be processed through. For their opinions we’ll look at some excerpts of Dan Herbeck’s article in the Buffalo News. Please take a look at the whole article here.

“People deserve the right to have their cases heard within a reasonable amount of time. The current waiting time is not acceptable,”
-Marilyn Zahm

“I once received a letter from a family member of a man who waited for a long time for his case to be heard, and before it could be heard, the man died, It made me feel terrible. . . . That just shouldn’t happen.”
-Randy Frye

Other problems in the system according to Administrative Law Judges:

  • Far too many applicants — about two of every three — are turned down, sometimes for no logical reason, when they first apply. Later — only after months of waiting and having to hire attorneys — most of those people are approved for disability.
  • The system has little or no flexibility. The judges are required to approve disability pay for life to a person who, in their opinion, should receive it for a year or two.
  • They are pressured by Social Security Administration officials to rush cases through the system, when, in some cases, they would like to spend more time researching a case in the best interest of taxpayers and applicants.