An attorney or claimant’s representative can help with filing an application and can make sure that no mistakes are made that would make the delay even longer.
Morristown, TN (Vocus/PRWEB) March 23, 2011
With potential budget cuts to the Social Security Administration threatening to cause long delays in the processing of disability claims, claimants should make sure to seek experienced legal assistance, Tennessee Social Security disability attorney Brack Terry said today.
“An attorney or claimant’s representative can help with filing an application and can make sure that no mistakes are made that would make the delay even longer,” said Terry, a partner in the Morristown law firm of Terry, Terry & Stapleton, which represents Social Security claimants throughout East Tennessee.
“Filing for Social Security disability benefits can be a difficult process, and it can be extremely hard on a person who is dealing with a medical condition at the same time,” Terry said. “Legal assistance can help make that process go smoother by making sure the application is accurate, complete and filed in a timely manner.”
Terry spoke after Michael Astrue, head of the Social Security Administration, told a Senate committee that proposed budget cuts could force the layoff of as many as 3,500 SSA employees and cause the disruption and discontinuance of service at regional offices.
According to The Hill, Astrue told lawmakers that progress could be eliminated in reducing backlogs that, before 2007, led to claimants waiting as long as 1,400 days before getting hearings on their disability claims. Today, those delays average 775 days, the Hill reported.
“These delays are very hard to bear when you are in desperate need of benefits to pay for your medical bills, food, housing and other living expenses,” Terry said. “Our firm realizes these benefits are crucial to recipients.
“We can’t control how long it will take the SSA to make a decision on an application, and we can’t control how long it will take to get a hearing if a claim is denied. What we can control is working hard to make sure an application is quickly and correctly filed, and that we are highly prepared to argue on our client’s behalf when the hearing does arrive.”
Terry, Terry & Stapleton assists disabled clients with obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), both of which require proof of a disability and financial status.
According to Terry, his firm’s Social Security disability attorneys and claimant’s representatives can help claimants:
- Determine how much time they have to file a claim
- Keep proper, detailed records of their condition
- Obtain appropriate medical records
- Fill out all necessary applications
- Represent the claimant at a hearing before an administrative judge.
“The hearing is particularly important. Claims that are denied at the initial stage often are approved after receiving a higher level of review,” Terry said.
About Terry, Terry & Stapleton
Terry, Terry & Stapleton is a firm of personal injury lawyers, criminal trial attorneys and Social Security disability attorneys and claimant’s representatives that has served East Tennessee residents for more than 46 years, including clients in Rogersville, Newport, Morristown, Knoxville, Kingsport, Johnson City, Jefferson City and Greeneville. The firm handles personal injury and wrongful death cases, including car accident claims, workplace injuries, Social Security disability claims, medical malpractice lawsuits and products liability cases. For more information, call (800) 518-3779 or use the firm’s convenient online form.