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Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

How many appeal levels are there?

526. How many appeal levels are there?

For information on the appeal levels, see §2000.

Last Revised: Jul. 26, 2005


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social security what a joke on the ones who really need it

March 23, 2009 by Guest

i became disabled in june of 2007 i have back surgery and it did not help in fact i stay in pain all of the time i can't drive a car anymore because i don't have any feeling in my right leg i'm very depressed and taking meds for this and high blood pressure i applied for ssi and ssd on september 24 2007 i was denied 2 times i got a lawyer to handle everything i just don't understand why they act as thoug it's their money i lost everything my car was repoed i got put out of my apartment because i did'nt have any means to keep it and now almost 2 years i call my lawyer to find out what is going on with my case and he tells me that we hav'ent got a date for a hearing yet that it could take up 2 or3 years is there anyone who can tell me some good news for a change.

Social Security disability backlog

March 23, 2009 by David Luhman

Here are a couple references which may be of interest :
http://www.ssa.gov/oig/communications/testimony_speeches/09162008testimo...
http://ssa.gov/finance/2008/Key%20Priorities.pdf

Highlights from the later document :

  • At end of FY 2008, 760,000 people were waiting for a disability hearing
  • On average, an individual waits 500 days to receive a decision
  • In FY 2009, SSA will target cases pending over 850 days
  • In FY 2008, SSA hired 190 new Administrative Law Judges (ALJs)

i'm in the same boat w/ social security

March 9, 2011 by Guest

I'm so sorry for you. I feel your pain. I could tell almost the same exact story. I was hit by a car 10 years ago, and I have 2 children ages 7 and 15. My 70 year old mother lives w/ me, and she has cancer. And, I just found out yesterday that I cannot receive Family's First anymore because of welfare reform. See, you can only get assistance for a few years in your lifetime, and I've reached my limit. So, I'm afraid because that was my ONLY income. My sons father is $35,000 in arrears, but I'll never see it. I also teach my younger child at home. The fight for my benefits has been going on for 2 years, and I just won the right to have a hearing. My rep said it could take years before I actually go in front of a judge. I wish I had good news, but the sad fact is that there is none. All I do is pray. It's been a year since you wrote that, so where are you with your case now? I will pray for you. God bless.


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