If anyone in New York has been denied Social Security Disability benefits, they know how devastating it can be. Unable to work, but not considered disabled enough to receive help from the government, a denial can leave anyone feeling frustrated. Whether judges are always correct in their decisions, however, is now coming into question.
We have heard about Social Security Disability judges in the news several times. Usually a judge is being spotlighted over an unusually high or low approval rate. Now, however, judges are arguing that the Social Security Administration's expecations are preventing them from doing quality work.
As of right now, SSD judges are each expected to hear and make a decision on up to 700 claims in a year. Many judges are arguing that this expecation is too high and does not allow them to spend the time necessary to investigate a case. When they do not have time to investigate cases fully, the judges say it can result in ill-informed decisions that affect the lives of the many people who are hoping to receive disability benefits. Earlier this month, 1,400 judges filed a lawsuit against the SSA, hoping to have quotas lowered.
We all know that the wait to hear about whether your disability benefits application has been approved or denied can be frustratingly long. However, it is important that the judges be allotted the appropriate amount of time to ensure that they are making the right decisions. As we wait to see how the government responds to the lawsuit, New York residents who have been denied benefits should know that they can appeal the ruling.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "Judges sue Social Security over 'quotas' on disability decisions," Yvonne Wenger, April 28, 2013