Social Security Miscalculation

How common are mistakes by the Social Security Administration?

by Staff | August 25th, 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is failing to process claims in a timely manner, and the situation has reached crisis levels. The Office of the Inspector General for the SSA states there are as many as 838,000 applicants awaiting decisions on their claims.

So, has the pressure that has been placed on the SSA to eliminate the backlog caused claims processors to rush and make mistakes? Some experts believe the answer to this question is an astounding “yes.”

The most typical mistake is when a Social Security Disability denial is issued for claims that should’ve been approved. Approximately 60 percent of initial disability claims are denied, but a majority of the decisions are overturned during the appeals process. A FOX News article highlights some of the alleged methods the SSA uses to deny claims and expedite processing.

In many cases, the SSA may also make mistakes when determining the amount in benefits claimants should receive.

One of the best ways to avoid either of these hazards is to hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer to assist you with your claim. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have decades of experience handling Social Security Disability claims, and we’re here to answer your questions. Call us at (800) 477-7315 to discuss your claim today.

Miscalculations Can Result In Substantial Cuts To Social Security Disability Benefits

by Staff | February 6th, 2013

February 4, 2013

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently discovered that it had overpaid thousands of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income recipients billions of dollars in recent years. The agency is pinpointing who and what needs cuts, but such moves could leave many unable to make ends meet.

Take the case of a 36-year-old single mother of two boys, whose lives could seriously be affected by the cuts. According to the News Chief, the woman holds a part-time job earning $9 per hour at a local country club. Since the father of her two children is in jail, she receives no child support and is only kept afloat through benefits she and the boys, ages 10 and 12-years-old, receive for learning disabilities.

This could all change though as the SSA recently informed her of a miscalculation in her benefits had resulted in overpayment and that she would see a cut in her benefits. The cut leaves the woman and her family to live well below the established income for what is considered poverty levels and could result in her soon being homeless.

Fleschner Stark, Tanoos & Newlin has a team of Social Security Disability Lawyers who have been recognized for success in handling litigation surrounding Social Security benefit claims and encourages anyone who has a question regarding their legal rights to benefits to contact an attorney immediately.