Social Security Disability Lawsuit

Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Halted Social Security Disability Payments

by Staff | March 26th, 2014

March 26, 2014

Many Social Security Disability Recipients have third-party companies control distribution of their benefits because their conditions leave them unable to manage their own funds. Now, roughly 1,000 Social Security recipients are at risk of losing benefits if they do not find a new third party to manage their accounts.

An article from the Willamette Week explains the problem started last week when federal investigators seized computers and data from Portland-based company, Safety Net, that oversees the distribution of Social Security Disability benefits to thousands of the city’s residents. Officials believe there could be a problem with the way the company is handling accounting, but company executives say the issue is a computer glitch and that all money is accounted for.

In the meantime, the company’s customers could lose vital benefits if they do not find a new third party vendor. An estimated 300 recipients have done so, but tracking down the other roughly 700 is proving difficult, as many are homeless or near-homeless.

In order to put a stop to the loss of benefits, some of the claimants have filed a suit to prohibit the Social Security Administration from stopping payments.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful a resolution to the issue can be found that will satisfy the needs of both sides.

Judges File Suit Against The Social Security Adminsitration

by Staff | April 24th, 2013

April 24, 2013

The combination of an aging workforce and a poor economy has led to a spike in recent years in the number of Social Security Disability claims. Numbers show that approximately 3.2 million citizens applied for benefits last year, which is a 25 percent increase from the previous decade.

This increase in the volume of claims has led to the Social Security program facing a new crisis of judges facing an inflated workload. The Social Security Administration has called for each judge to issue rulings on between 500 and 700 cases per year. An article from The Detroit News explains that a group of judges that have filed suit against the agency and its commissioner claiming that the goal is illegal and forces them to make hasty decisions.

Court documents point out that the paperwork for a claim approval is often only a few pages long, versus the roughly 15 to 20 pages of documentation that is needed for a denial. The judges claim that in order to keep up with their workload, they are forced to simply issue an approval because of the amount of time the paperwork would take.

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Social Security Disability Attorneys are hopeful that identifying this problem will help to create a more efficient means of processing Social Security disability claims in the future.