Video Conferencing Expected in One-Third of Social Security Disability Appeals Hearings in 2015
March 3rd, 2015|
The Birmingham Social Security Disability (SSD) attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that when a denial is issued on an SSD claim, a disabled worker has the right to file an appeal of the decision. However, the wait time for an appeal hearing can be long.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is working to alleviate these wait times by implementing a new way to hold appeals hearings. Now, disabled workers can utilize video conferencing technology to attend appeals hearings, and the idea seems to be successful.
SSA data indicates that a total of 171,475 appeals hearings were held via video conference in the United States in 2014. That’s around 28 percent of all hearings. Handling cases this way has allowed the SSA to reduce their appeals backlog by as many as 500,000 cases, and the agency is hoping to increase the number of video conferences by two percent in 2015.
Having your hearing held via video conference could save you a significant amount of time and money, depending on where you live. Speaking with a qualified legal representative may help you determine the best course of action for your SSD claim.
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