Oakland, NJ (PRWEB) September 9, 2009
A poll taken by Ultimate Disability Guide, a Social Security Disability information website authored by attorney Karl Kazmierczak of Kazmierczak & Kazmierczak, LLP a disability law firm, asked the question, "Do you feel the Social Security Administration will handle your Social Security disability claim fairly?"
The response was astounding. Eighty three (83) percent of the responses to the yes/no question were No; they do not trust the Social Security Administration to handle their claim fairly. At the time of this release 389 people had responded. When such a huge majority of people do not trust the government to handle their disability claim, it simply cannot be ignored.
Improving the Social Security disability process is probably the best way to regain the people's confidence. To this end, recently Social Security has spent quite a bit of money and effort to improve the system. However, it also appears as if the SSA should also invest some time and money in public relations.
Many improvements have been made over the last few years to the Social Security Disability process. However, these improvements appear to be going unnoticed by the public. Part of this mistrust of the Social Security Administration might be the reality that the money used to pay Social Security benefits is running out quickly and the issue of how to fix this continues to be avoided by politicians. Another contributing factor may be that most claims take a long time to be decided. Despite the improvements in the Social Security Disability process wait times are still long in large part due to an increase in the number of claims. It is apparent that the improvements have not been publicized enough to improve the public opinion of the Social Security Administration and how their disability claims are handled.
According to the author of the website who posted the poll, Karl Kazmierczak, Esq., "although some may disagree with me, I feel the Social Security Administration is probably the best run government agency with an extremely difficult job but they need to do a better job of assuring the public that their claims will be handled fairly."
The domestic issue grabbing most of the present attention of the media and politicians is the healthcare system. However, an issue which is related in many ways but seems to have been put on the back burner, as usual, is the Social Security system. In this time of recession, unemployment levels are high and many of those losing their jobs are older or persons with disabilities, the exact people who will utilize the Social Security System. The recession coupled with the baby boomer generation aging means that more disability claims are being filed than ever before and the disabled need to be assured that their claim will be handled fairly by the Social Security Administration. Most employees pay into the Social Security system their entire lives and count on their Social Security for their retirement or in the event they become disabled. Maybe the politicians should address the current fears and perceptions of the people's retirement or disability nest egg before addressing any new gigantic problems. It is apparent that the Social Security Administration should find ways to inform the public to improve their opinion.
It is clear from the poll that many people are concerned about the fairness of their Social Security claims. The Administration has made changes to address these issues however, it seems they need to step up the public relations aspect and do a better job of publicizing their improvements and make stronger efforts to get the public's trust in the Social Security Disability system. If you would like to take the poll you can find it at Ultimate Disability Guide.
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