From our perspective, the main issue is that so many people rely on these federal benefits programs to provide income to support them when they cannot work or after they have retired.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) November 17, 2011
Senior citizens expressed concerns about the uncertain future of the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs at the annual conference of the AARP, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.
Their concerns are valid ones given the current political climate in America, says Texas Social Security benefits attorney Bob Richardson.
“We’ll soon be entering an election year, and the candidates are out in full force,” said Richardson, who formerly served in the Texas House of Representatives. “Social Security always seems to be a hot topic on the campaign trail.”
Calls for cutting the federal benefits programs are coming from both sides of the political fence this campaign season, Richardson noted.
“From our perspective, the main issue is that so many people rely on these federal benefits programs to provide income to support them when they cannot work or after they have retired,” said Richardson, whose Texas law firm helps clients obtain Social Security disability benefits(SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from its offices in Austin and Waco.
The Social Security Administration received a record number of 3.1 million SSD applications and took an average of 111 days to process a request last year, according to the Times.
“Meanwhile there are people out there who paid into the Social Security system who are worrying that they won’t get it back, even though they earned that money and deserve it,” said Richardson, who served five terms as president for the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives and as president of the Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives.
Richardson’s law firm works with clients from the initial stage of applying for SSD and SSI and through the entire appeals process as needed.
The Texas attorney says the firm keeps a constant eye on developments and changes to Social Security law.
“Our attorneys have years of experience handling Social Security disability benefits and SSI claims,” he said. “Their fingers must stay on the pulse of all proposals that would change eligibility requirements or any part of the application process.
“Many SSD and SSI claims are denied on the first go-round,” Richardson continued. “People who are in the process of applying for Social Security benefits can really benefit from contacting a lawyer to make sure they’re meeting the requirements for consideration.”
Lawyers also may be able to get a SSD claim expedited or obtain what the Social Security Administration calls “compassionate allowances” for applicants with medical conditions such as certain cancers, end-stage kidney failure, pancreatic cancer, and ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Richardson’s law firm website has a list of frequently asked questions about applying for SSD.
“Applying for SSD and SSI can be a confusing and stressful process for many people who are suffering from physical and sometimes mental disabilities,” he said. “Getting the most current and accurate information is important in making a successful claim.”
About The Bob Richardson Law Firm
The Bob Richardson Law Firm is a highly respected Texas personal injury and Social Security disability law firm. The firm is dedicated to providing skilled and professional legal services to clients in cases involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, construction accidents, workplace accidents and slip and fall accidents as well as representation to those seeking benefits for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The firm features offices in Austin and Waco and assists clients throughout Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor, Belton and surrounding Texas communities. To learn more about The Bob Richardson Law Firm, call (800) 880-5100 or use the firm’s online form.