Contacting your Congressman to help your disability case

Sometimes it's useful to call either your local congressman's office or one of your two senator's to have them check into your case and move it along faster. Generally, of course, this is for the purpose of getting a hearing scheduled faster.

However, there are times when doing this can benefit you in other ways.


A Congressional Inquiry to Help Your Disability Case

Recently, someone referenced the problems that Social Security Disability and SSI disability claimants have with back pay issues, to which another person mentioned in a comment that he was able to get his back pay sooner by contacting his congressman's office (in this case, it was the congressional delegate for the district of columbia). So, I would definitely add this to the tips list.

If you've been approved for Social Security Disability or SSI disability benefits, contact your representative or senator and tell them you're not having any luck in getting your back pay processed in a timely manner (there's a huge gulf between what the social security administration and normal citizens consider to be "timely").

Someone from that office will perform an inquiry and the outcome of this may be that you get your back pay sooner. Of course, as with all things related to the disability system, there's no guarantee---but if you've been waiting an extraordinary amount of time for the back pay benefits to which you are entitled, it is certainly worth a shot.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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