(PRWEB) February 28, 2018
Last week, Partner Tom Giordano moderated a panel hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Social Security Disability Benefits Committee, “Justice Delayed: A Panel Discussion on the Social Security Disability Backlog Crisis.” The panel discussed the excellent Philadelphia Inquirer article by Cynthia Vargas which shed light on public service crisis currently affecting hundreds of thousands of disabled Americans waiting to simply have their disability cases heard by a Judge. Currently, Philadelphians and disabled Americans throughout the country are waiting over two years to appear before a Judge. In 2017, over 5000 people died waiting for their hearing.
Special guests and Panelists including: United States House of Representative Brendan Boyle of the 13th District of Pennsylvania, staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer Claudia Vargas, Supervising Attorney/Duffy Fellow Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Jennifer Burdick, Esq., and Claire Grandison, Esq., Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. The panelists discussed the changes needed to fix the backlog as well as how attorneys and clients can advocate for this necessary change through political action.
"We who practice Social Security deal with the backlog every day, and a lot of times what I'll tell people is to go to their representative and get politically active," said Partner Tom Giordano, Jr.