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Why do disability cases take so long?

One of the greatest frustrations my clients experience is the length of time it takes to get a decision in their disability case. It usually takes 4 – 6 months to get a decision on the application, 2 – 6 months to get a decision on the 1st appeal, and 22 – 30 months to get a decision by a disability judge. […]

January 9th, 2018|

How long will my disability case take? An update

I get asked this question a lot. The length of time it takes to get a decision in a Social Security disability case depends on several factors. The time period varies year to year as the total number of disability cases under review changes each year. The time period varies from state to state and office to office. Further, the type of disability case you have can affect how long it takes to review it. Some cases are more complicated than others. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Why Voting Matters

A central goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to significantly reduce the number of uninsured in America. ACA expanded Medicaid coverage for most low-income adults to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). […]

January 9th, 2018|

NC ODARs among the slowest in the nation.

An individual denied disability benefits has the right to request a hearing before a judge in the Office of Disability Adjudication & Review (often referred to as “ODAR”). There are 163 ODARs in the United States. North Carolina has four, located in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Fayetteville. […]

January 9th, 2018|

SSDI: The truth behind media and political mischaracterizations

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is an integral part of the Social Security system that provides vital economic security to workers and their families. SSDI provides modest but essential coverage that American workers earn, and protects against the economic devastation that often accompanies life-changing disability. Unfortunately, recent media coverage has painted a highly inaccurate picture of this program, in an effort to encourage damaging changes that would hurt people with disabilities. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Why I decline cases

I have been practicing law for 34 years. One of the most difficult aspects of my practice is I must turn down many prospective clients who contact me. The purpose of this article is to explain the most common reasons I do not accept a case. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Reasons for Appeals Council Remands

By Howard Olinsky, Managing Partner, Olinsky Law Group, www.windisability.com April 28, 2014 Our firm writes between 250 and 300 Appeals Council briefs each month. Over the years we have seen that the Appeals Council review has changed. I did an analysis of the last 50 Appeals Council remands we received. There is a discernible pattern in what the Appeals Council is presently doing. […]

January 9th, 2018|

The Appeals Process for Social Security disability claims.

If you are denied either Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income disability benefits (SSI), you have the right to appeal. It is important to be aware that there are time deadlines you must meet in order to exercise your appeal rights. You should immediately consult with a disability attorney after getting your denial letter. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Eight Reasons to Abolish the Appeals Council

When a claim for Social Security disability benefits is denied by an Administrative Law Judge, the individual can file an appeal to the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration. For the reasons set forth below, this layer of bureaucracy should be abolished. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Reasons for Remand – W.D.N.C.

Social Security Disability Appeals REMANDED in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013* […]

January 9th, 2018|