When an individual is injured, he or she could be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, navigating the SSA system in order to claim the needed disability benefits can be complex. It has recently come to light that there may be large-scale mismanagement with the SSA, which could impact those who legitimately need financial assistance.
As Pennsylvania residents may have read, the SSA has approved — or rubber stamped — nearly $400 billion in benefit claims. Simply put, this means that many of the hearings and protocols required before approving SSA disability have likely been ignored or mishandled. There are several specific judges who have been named as the potential sources of these allegations. One of the judges who oversees the hearings is accused of actually sleeping through some of the proceedings.
An evaluation of numbers of people enrolled in the disability program has found that the disability fund will likely be depleted by 2016. When a person applies for Social Security Disability benefits, an overseeing judge should ensure that the claims are valid through hearings and by following protocols. These accusations of misdeeds may make it more complicated for those who legitimately need these financial benefits. However, it does not mean that they should not apply and pursue the needed assistance.
These are discouraging reports regarding the state of the SSA. However, that does not mean that a certain amount of Americans are not deserving of disability benefits for valid reasons. Pennsylvania residents should understand their legal rights when applying for benefits and the steps to take when beginning this process. Those who are unable to work and who are in need of assistance do not have to face this process alone.
Source: freebeacon.com, “Social Security Administration Rubber-Stamped $400 Billion in Disability Claims“, Elizabeth Harrington, June 10, 2014