Senate’s Report Misses the Point on Social Security Disability

Aug 22, 2014 | WC & Other Laws

A report from the US Senate Subcommittee on Investigations minority staff released this month alleges that SSA erroneously awarded disability benefits in more than 25% of the claims  it processes.   The investigation looked at 300 cases over three counties in the US to come to this conclusion.  The very small sample size is the first problem with this investigation.  The subcommittee’s report states that 5.9 million Americans have been approved for Social Security disability benefits since 2009–reviewing 300 in three counties is unlikely to give a true picture of the entire program.

The report states that SSA fails to “properly address insufficient, contradictory or incomplete evidence” in many of these cases.  Most Social Security disability claims have contradictory  medical evidence.  Ask two doctors about a head cold and you could get two different answers!  Social Security’s adjudication and appeals process is designed to address these issues.  It has been our experience that Social Security doesn’t ignore evidence that an applicant is not disabled but rather they miss clear evidence that an applicant is disabled.

Getting Social Security Disability can be a complicated process.  Having an experienced knowledgeable attorney helping you understand the process and your rights can make the difference between getting benefits and losing your claim.  Call us at 303-780-7329 or click HERE to arrange for your FREE CONSULTATION.  We help disabled individuals all over the United States obtain the benefits you deserve.