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SSA Attempts Video Hearings to Help Reduce Claim Backlog

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
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Posted on Jan 25, 2011

January 21, 2011 - Attending a claim hearing for Social Security disability benefits applications in person is difficult for many severely disabled claimants. In many cases, traveling to and from their home is a stressful, sometimes impossible, feat.

The Forbes Bernie's Brigade blog reports video hearings are just one of many recent technological steps the Social Security Administration (SSA) is using to help reduce the claims backlog. Video hearings will facilitate remote hearings, letting disabled claimants remain in the comfort of their homes.

This new method of conducting hearings not only helps those claimants who are too disabled to leave their home, but also allows for faster hearings and helps claimants who live in remote areas minimize travel. The SSA hopes these new enhancements to the hearing process will not only help expedite benefit approvals for those who are in desperate need, but also bring some relief to a stressed system and reduce the claims backlog.

With recent reports of violent threats against judges and other claim processing staff, the remote hearings may help protect some personnel from in-person violence. Aside from physically protecting judges from potential in-court altercations, the video hearings are generally quicker to resolve than in-person hearings. The goal is to reduce the number of frustrated claimants waiting years for their claims to come to court.

Attending your Social Security disability benefits hearing is an important step in your claim approval process. If you are chosen to participate in a video hearing session, treat it just as seriously as an actual in-court hearing and conduct yourself appropriately in conduct and dress. A New York Social Security disability lawyer can help you prepare for your hearing to help your benefits claim.

Contacting a New York Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer 

Before you hire a New York Social Security disability lawyer, order this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Filing a Social Security Disability Claim, to give you an idea of the Social Security disability claims process. Contact The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. ​for more information about your case - 718-701-2776.

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