With an aging Baby Boom generation, a poor job market, and a struggling economy, the number of Social Security disability benefits applications have skyrocketed in the past three years – and the backlog of cases has grown. To combat long wait times, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has had to make some changes to their application system that many of the doctors employed by the federal agency are finding hard to swallow.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the SSA has asked its doctors to work faster – and for less money. In many cases, they have asked physicians who review SSDI cases to take a more cursory look at case files, while in other cases they have asked doctors to review files that fall outside of their specialty.

The result? A huge number of disability case review doctors have quit, while another large percentage has been fired for failing to follow new guidelines. Many worry that the new doctor case review rules will lead to more wrong decisions and a less accurate application process. Others worry that doctors are being pressured to make certain types of decisions when reviewing disability cases to meet targets set by the SSA.

Because of these new guidelines – and because of the growing backlog of disability cases – it is more important than ever to understand the Social Security system and the disability benefits applications process before attempting to secure benefits. To speak to a Texas Social Security benefits attorney about your case, call Morgan & Weisbrod today.

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It's sad people work hard on jobs, tear up their bodies and when they need SSA, they can't get it. I know because I'm one of them. I'm going through my second attempt now (two denials with first one). What's sick about it is the fact, I have seen several doctors and have had operation. My last doctor even gave me a Functional Capacity Test, and ruled that I wouldn't even be good for sedentary work. I actually call my SSA case worker because I want to know what's going on. I've asked my Case Worker if he has received all my records and he has stated yes. Of course, SSA's doctor is going to write up a BS report, the guy had an attitude as soon as he walked in the room. Even with the medical proof I have and the fact I have been out of work for almost five years now with the conditions... I still know SSA is going to deny me my benefits for the third time. I have already spoken with an attorney and they advised me to go through it again and get denied for the third time, then they will take the case. So yeah...the third denial is coming up. That's messed up... The fact I have medical records backing me and yet I have no confidence in not getting a denial. I feel that, if my case goes to the hearing stage which it most likely will... I just don't want my benefits... I want a law suit against the SSA; for having enough proof of my medical condition but still denied. This BS has to end and the only way to make that happen is to take it to the SSA in a law suit.
by Patty June 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
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