Social Security Disability, SSI What You Hear and What is Real. There continues to be a lot in the news about the problems with Social Security disability system. The news is telling the public that the system is too lax and granting too many cases. I have been practicing in this area for eighteen years. My experience is just the opposite. Social Security has become even stricter and is granting fewer cases that it did when I started. Let’s look at some facts about Social Security. The average case in the Raleigh hearing office takes 420 days to be processed. The processing time in Greensboro hearing office is 498 days. The processing time for the Charlotte hearing office is 461 days. Many beneficiaries are terminally ill – about 1 in 5 males and 1 in 6 females die within 5 years of receiving benefits. This is not an easy process and it clearly is not quick. People would not wait for this benefit if they had any other choice. The reason for the growth in the number of claims and the length of the processing time is primarily due to the aging of baby boomers and the large scale entry of women into the work force in recent decades causing more people to need and qualify for disability. The media has ignored that there a Social Security judges around the country with very low approval rates. There is even a judge with an approval rate of only 4%. When you look at the whole picture, where Social Security is now makes sense. There are always changes necessary for any program to continue. However, making an already strict system even stricter is not the answer. If you are disabled and unable to work, or becoming unable to work, call us; we will be glad to answer your questions. O'Malley Tunstall
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