How the Government Shutdown Affects Your Social Security Disability Claim

The current government shutdown has raised questions for many regarding the potential impact on Social Security Disability claims. Finding answers can be very challenging and this situation further complicates a process that can be entirely too frustrating for individuals trying to navigate the system of the Social Security Administration (SSA) on their own.

What has been impacted?
Rest assured, despite the shutdown, we continue to actively manage our clients' cases with the SSA, local Disability Determination Services (DDS) and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), as these agencies continue to operate with reduced staff levels. We also continue to file applications and appeals on behalf of our clients.

While the shutdown has caused a delay in the scheduling of hearings and slowed processing times within the SSA, our efforts have not been slowed or diminished.

Questions?
To learn how our team of experienced attorneys and case managers can help you, call us at 866-336-4547 or fill out a free initial consultation form. If you are a current client, contact your case manager with any questions regarding your claim.

If you have questions about the government shutdown, or if you would like to express your opinions regarding the situation, we encourage you to contact your Congressional Representative and/or Senators. You may find a list of Representatives and their contact information online at http://www.house.gov/representatives/find. Contact information for Senators may be found by visiting http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.

Phil Kearns is the Social Security Disability Practice Group Leader and Intake Director at Crumley Roberts. A graduate of Wake Forest University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Phil resides in central North Carolina with his wife and two children.

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