If you are keeping in touch with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) which is preparing your case for hearing, you may be told that your case has finally been assigned to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
However, ODAR may not tell you is how much longer it will take to get a hearing date, now that your case has been assigned to a Judge. So, how long after your case is assigned to a judge will it take to get a hearing? Continue reading How long to a hearing after my case is assigned to a judge ?
I previously wrote about how Social Security may move a case from one hearing office (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review – ODAR) to another to try to ease case congestion and speed up processing.
Usually, there is nothing to worry about when this happens. However, there is something you do need to watch out for. If you are not careful, you could delay the decision in your case, or even reduce your chances of winning.
Continue reading Social Security disability case moved? Keep things on track!
Once you hire an attorney to represent you on your Social Security case, you may find that Social Security does not want to release any more information to you. This is especially true at the Social Security ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) offices.
Don’t worry, there is nothing nefarious going on BUT there is stuff you should know: Continue reading Social Security won’t talk to me BECAUSE I have a lawyer!?!
Every once in a while I get a panicked call from a client:
I called Social Security about my case.
They don’t show an appeal was filed. What happened?!
I ask which Social Security office they called: the local Social Security office, the appeals office (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review – ODAR), or the toll free Social Security 800 number?
Even though all Social Security information about a case should be available to any person you speak to at Social Security, in practice, this does not always work. Even though Social Security does not mean to panic you, misleading or just plain wrong information is sometimes given out.
If you want to avoid the risk of getting incorrect information, you have to contact the right Social Security office with your questions. Continue reading Avoid bad information, call the right Social Security office!
When you are waiting for your Social Security hearing, it can come as a shock to receive a letter telling you that your case has been transferred to a different hearing office in another state.
Attorney Donald Chewning writes about this on the Wisconsin Disability Blog.
If you are awaiting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in Wisconsin you may have noticed that the hearing has been scheduled before a judge in California. In my practice in northeastern Wisconsin, most of my cases would ordinarily be heard by judges from the Milwaukee Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). However, since March 2008 the Social Security Administration has shifted responsibility for cases normally heard by Milwaukee judges at the Green Bay and Oskhosh hearing offices to other ODAR branches. For instance, cases heard at the Green Bay hearing office are being sent to the Oakland, CA ODAR.
For many people, having their case moved to another state causes a lot of stress and worry. Continue reading Social Security moved my disability case to another state
My last article talked about why it is so important to review your Social Security exhibit file.
But how do I get a copy of my Social Security file?
If you already have a hearing scheduled, Social Security will tell you in the Notice of Hearing that you should arrive thirty minutes before your hearing and you will then have a chance to review your file. Continue reading Review your Social Security disability file before your hearing