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What disability claimants get angry about - Part II
This is probably one of the most common grievances held by social security disability and SSI disability claimants---not getting calls returned. Disability claimants routinely do not receive call backs from the social security office and sometimes not even from disability examiners.
Why does this happen? Well, in my own opinion, disability examiners have less justification for not returning calls to claimants because they're not really deluged with public contact. For the most part, they're left alone to work undisturbed in their cubicles all day long, reading MER (medical evidence of record) and completing writeups to present to their unit consultants (medical and psychological).
Social security field office claims reps, on the other hand, have a horrible job--too much work and not enough warm bodies to get it all done without significant ongoing stress and anxiety. Quite literally, they barely have time to get their work done and with increased agency attrition and a failure to adequately makeup for attrition, this will only get worse.
Just the same, though, none of this is a claimant's responsiblity. If a claimant has a question and leaves a message, they should receive a timely response. So, what do you do if you are a claimant and your fifteen calls have not been returned over the last two weeks? Call and ask to speak to a supervisor or, if you can stomach the thought of making a trip down to the social security office, do so. In-person visits are sometimes more effective.
Finally, it should be noted that individuals using a disability attorney or a non-attorney disability representative can simply have that individual contact either the Social security office or DDS (disability determinatio services, where examiners are based), or even the hearing office to obtain any information their client seeks to obtain.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Why Does It Take So Long To Get A Call Back From The Social Security Office?
Will the the SSA Examiner Call or Contact me about my Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
Disability Claim Status - You may not hear from SSA for long periods
Can I Talk To the Disability Examiner Working On My Case?
When does a case go to the Social Security Disability review board?
How long will an SSI or SSDI disability claim take?
Using a lawyer to potentially speed up the disability appeal process
Speeding up the Social Security Disability or SSI Claim Process
Social Security Award Letter and being due a substantial back pay amount
Reasons to get a representative who specializes in disability claims only
When you apply for social security disability should you send copies of your xrays?
Getting approved for disability based on being blind
How to answer questions at a Social Security Disability CE examination
What disability claimants get angry about - Part II
How does Social Security consider pain?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
How to file for disability, filing tips
What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
Will you get disability back pay?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Social Security Disability SSI status
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
Who will qualify for disability and what qualifying is based on
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
Important points about filing for disability
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
How to get disability in Florida