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Claiming Your Disability & Social Security Benefits
Over the years, current and former government administrations have transformed the process of claiming your disability and social security benefits into what could be described as an obstacle course. What makes things more critical, is that as a population, the disabled are more likely than others to have handicaps which can further reduce their ability to conform with the intricacies of this ever-changing system.
The Need for a Qualified Professional
Gonzalez and Goetz is a law firm that specializes in Social Security Disability Benefits as well as VA law. The attorneys of Gonzalez & Goetz have over 50 years of combined experience working to address and resolve social security issues. We also have a former Chief Administrative Law Judge on our staff and we work hard to ensure your rights are protected every step of the way. Our commitment is to offer our clients dedicated employees and professionals to continuously raise the bar throughout your application and appeals process. Additionally, throughout this unprecedented period of COVID-19, our office is fully staffed with frequent and thorough cleanliness protocols throughout our office location. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available near high touch locations. To ensure your health and safety we are also able to process all necessary paperwork electronically without the need for in office visits.
Need for a Qualified Professional
As demands from the Social Security Administration have increased over the years, so too have the number of applicants. Claimants for disability benefits are in need of, and legally entitled to, qualified professional help in every step of the process. And sadly, without this much needed help, more and more people are being denied.
Social Security is investing enormous amounts of resources to modernize and handle the increase in claims by implementing broad changes in the process of awarding disability benefits. We have new regulations and procedures coming into effect in waves over the next few years– online filing, electronic case files and document storage and other innovations which are intended to speed up the enormous backlog of appeals pending at every level.
The Challenges of Compliance
Meanwhile, these changes have made compliance a challenge for experienced attorneys. The “streamlining” and digitizing of the claims process includes the digitized and electronic retrieval of medical and administrative records at all levels of your application. This implementation and streamlining is achieved in large part by demanding (even more) meticulous attention to the methods in which documents are filed, uploaded and requested electronically.
Groups such as N.O.S.S.C.R. (www.nosscr.org) and the American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org) are working hard to ensure that the Social Security Administration, in attempting to “streamline’ the procedure, does not compromise some of our most important basic rights of privacy when applying or appealing for benefits.
Additionally, telephonic hearings have been added to handle the voluminous application and pending appeals during this particular unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The telephonic hearings have been adjusted and streamlined to help in the processing of caseload. The securing of medical records, treatment notes, X-rays, MRIs, and surgical reports are made more difficult due to personnel shortages in the staffing of medical facilities.
Required dates and timely submission of medical records to the Administrative Law Judge within a certain time frame are necessary for the records to get considered in the decision-making process. Specific deadlines have been set which require written explanations for delayed submissions. Our experienced personnel as well as a team of legal experts are ready to take care of this for you!
Gonzalez & Goetz – Committed to Helping You Obtain Your Qualifying Social Security Benefits
Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in All 50 States, U.S.A. Territories including Puerto Rico
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