To say that the Social Security Administration is a complex bureaucracy is an understatement. Anyone trying to get answers or information is likely to be met with difficulty. Indeed, it seems that many of the lower-echelon employees don’t even have a clear understanding of SSA regulations – in one study, 25% of answers provided to claimants proved to be incorrect. A claimant can face a tough time dealing with this huge organization, but a Michigan disability attorney can help.
A Problem of Size
SSA employs more than 57,000 workers. This does not include the nearly 25,000 who provide services for the organization, including:
- Approximately 8,000 workers at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
- 14,000 state agency workers who make the initial determinations of disability
- 1,300 administrative law judges
- 34 administrative appeals judges
Even for an experienced Michigan disability attorney, dealing with such a large organization can prove extremely frustrating. For the average individual, let alone one who is suffering from a disabling condition, coping can be nearly impossible.
Compounding the Problem
As if the sheer size of SSA were not enough to create a bureaucratic nightmare, the problem is only made worse by the fact that two very large and unwieldy programs fall under the administration’s disability umbrella, SSD and SSI. Consequently, even if a major change in the rules occurs, workers who have the most contact with claimants are often unaware of its ramifications and cannot provide clear answers to questions.
Moreover, when your Michigan disability attorney works on your appeal before the administrative law judge, he or she faces the difficulty of breaking past routine thinking on the part of lower level SSA employees that can hinder a legitimate claim.
All this is not to discourage or dissuade you from seeking disability; it is simply that you may be much better off having an attorney deal with the bureaucratic nightmare of SSA.
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