As Ocala, Florida disability law firm attorneys are aware, the fundamental problem with filing a claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is its large size. The SSA has over 57,000 employees, as well as a separate SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) with approximately 8,000 employees, including 34 administrative appeals judges and around 1,300 administrative law judges. Moreover, as your Ocala, Florida disability law firm lawyers can tell you, there are over 14,000 state agency employees all over the country involved in making disability determinations under the administrative law judge level.
It is difficult enough for an experienced disability attorney to determine whom to contact about a client’s particular case. Attempting to do this by yourself, without an experienced Ocala, Florida disability law firm attorney, can be overwhelming.
The SSA’s problematic size is made worse by its complex programs. The most complex ones are its two disability programs: Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). According to Ocala, Florida disability law firm attorneys, when there are changes to those programs, it is an enormous task to make sure that everyone within the SSA receives the necessary information—and many do not.
Like every bureaucracy, the SSA attempts to develop routines for making complex decisions. However, their routines are ineffective for disability determinations below the level of the hearing with an administrative law judge, because the medical-vocational issues tend to be very complex and state agencies are capable of handling those issues. As Ocala, Florida disability law firm lawyers can tell you, state agency determinations on disability tend to be inadequate.
For more information about the SSA, contact an Ocala, Florida disability law firm today. Call the CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC at 352-304-5300.