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Social Security Disability SSI complaints

Here's a short list of complaints and/or comments regarding the social security disability, SSI disability claim process that a number of individuals have written.

1. "It's a shame that they take it out of your paycheck w/ no problem!!! Then they make you fight your butt off to get it when anyone really needs it!"

Yes, it's true that the social security retirement and disability system is compulsory not voluntary, meaning that FICA taxes are taken out of a person's paycheck. Even self-employed individuals must pay into the system or else not be covered for social security retirement or social security disability benefits.

Regarding having a system that requires a person to prove that they are disabled according to SSA standards, it's logical that it would be this way. After all, the federal disability system is not based on temporary disability or partial disability.

To qualify for disability benefits that are ongoing, a person's condition must be severe enough that it A) rules out the ability to work at a substantial and gainful level and B) lasts at least one full year.

2. "Did anyone know that if you called your city council person that there is a special department that makes sure that your case is moving alone. They will not get the disability for you but will help to make sure you are represented and moved along quicker."

Personally, I am not aware of city municipalities (or city/country politicians that are associated with them) that assist claimants with their social security disability or SSI cases. However, I would not be surprised if this is the case in larger metropolitan areas. As the writer indicated, it is most likely true that they either conduct inquiries on cases or provide lists of local disability representatives.

With regard to inquiries, this is exactly the kind of assistance that one could hope to receive from a senator or congressman's office. These are known as congressional inquiries and they basically amount to a status inquiry on someone's case. Such inquiries typically have little effect when an SSD or SSI claim is being worked on by a disability examiner. However, if a case has been pending for quite a long time at a disability hearing office, a congressional inquiry may help to move the hearing request along a bit faster.

On the subject of providing the names of local disability representatives, this is something that was once taboo for social security field offices. Long ago, they kept lists of disability attorneys to provide to applicants. Then, amid cries of favoritism, the lists were done away with. Now, from what I've heard from current social security employees, these lists are coming back into existence.

3. "I have been waitin for 9 mos. just to find out that I got denied...I am goin to go thru the appeals process that will take at least a yr. in my state just to get a hearing date...."

It used to be the case years ago that after a request for a disability hearing was submitted, a claimant might reasonably expect to receive notification of a scheduled hearing three to five months later. That is no longer the case due to A) increasing numbers of disability claims, B) manpower shortages in the disability system at both the state and federal level, and C) ineptitude on the part of social security administration managers (i.e. failed initiatives that were unrealistic, doomed to fail, and only compounded problems rather than solve them).

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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SSD Notice of Award Question
Is Rental Income Counted Against My Social Security Disability Check?
Calling Social Security about a disability case
Getting SSI for children when parents get disability
Social Security Disability and financial resources
Social Security Disability Award Letter Following an Approval
Social Security disability and trying to work
Applying for Disability or SSI - How long does it take
How to file for disability in Ohio
How to file for disability in North Dakota
Why does disability get denied?
Antisocial Personality Disorder and Filing for Disability
How to file for disability in Michigan
Maximum disability attorney fee
Filing for disability with repetitive stress

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

Getting a disability approval
How to appeal disability denial
Disability hearing results
Helpful tips for going to social security disability hearing
SSDI hearing decision
Denied social security disability now what
Social security disability appeal status
Social security disability appeal attorney fees
I was denied social security disability for the 2nd time
What happens after a disability hearing has been held
How long does a Social Security Disability judge have to make a ruling?
The Social Security Disability Blue book
How to get an SSDI reconsideration approved?
Conditions that get approved for disability
Social security disability back pay status
Denied social security disability appeal
What to say at a disability hearing
Filing for disability with fibromyalgia
Tips for applying for disability