Those receiving Social Security Disability benefits almost certainly know just how crucial it can be to have access to Social Security personnel in certain cases. Unfortunately, Social Security offices throughout the country are often underfunded or are being shuttered completely. Here in Pennsylvania, roughly half a dozen offices have been shut down in recent years.
Maybe you are new to living with a disability, and are not yet familiar with the ins and outs of the system. Having access to a real live person at your local Social Security office can be a lifeline for those who are just entering into a season of life where they are receiving SSD benefits. However, field offices are being overworked or shut down entirely, even though a huge number of individuals have recently entered retirement age and may be depending more heavily on them.
Similarly, you may be a person who has been living with a disability for quite some time, and have built many of your routines and life choices around depending on access to your local Social Security office. If this trend of shuttering offices continues, more and more long-term SSD beneficiaries will bear the brunt of the loss when the office they depend on closes. You could be next â?? if your office hasn’t been closed already.
The world of navigating Social Security Disability benefits is not a simple one. Just because you may be entitled to temporary or ongoing benefits doesn’t mean that the government is going to go out of its way to make sure you get them. If you believe you may be entitled to benefits you are not receiving, or if your local Social Security office is struggling to meet an influx of demands, you may want to consider enlisting the help of an attorney to help you protect your rights and ensure that you receive the assistance you deserve.
Source: The Fiscal Times, “Social Security Staff Cuts Mean Longer Waits for Service,” Rob Garver, Sep. 12, 2016