Shared Blamed for Delays in Social Security Hearings

Due to the great increase in Social Security Disability claims, there is a wait of at least one year to obtain a hearing before a Social Security Judge, in the Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach region. Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Randy Zeldin, Esq. of Boca Raton represents many individual claimants, waiting for a “day in court” to have their application for Social Security Disability benefits heard.

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General recently studied the problem of scheduling hearings in its report “When Cases are in ‘Ready to Schedule’ Status”, No. A-08-12-21293.

The reported cited various reasons for delays in scheduling hearings, when cases are in “ready to schedule” mode, including:

1. Increasing development of cases to have a larger inventory from which to select for scheduling.
2. Expanded service areas.
3. Increase in disability applications.

The availability of Claimants’ attorneys for hearing dates was also cited as an obstacle. Social Security Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. believes that attorneys have an ethical obligation to make reasonable efforts to expedite cases consistent with the client’s interests.

The availability of Social Security Judges was also cited in the report as an obstacle to scheduling hearings. A chart in the Inspector General’s reports shows that 45% of Social Security Judges do not schedule hearings on Mondays, Fridays or both.

Social Security Attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. represents claimants appealing Social Security Disability claims in the offices of the Social Security Judges located in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida.