Right now, most Americans are facing numerous challenges and uncertainties caused by the continuing threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For those who rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or are in the process of filing for benefits or appealing denied claims, it can be frustrating and even concerning to not know how to proceed. Even as many Social Security offices remain closed to the public, there are several options for obtaining the information and answers you need.
Getting Ahold of Representatives
Although most Social Security offices are still temporarily closed to the public, phone appointments are still available. If your SSDI matter is more urgent and you think you still need an in-person meeting, it may be possible to arrange one for those whose needs are more pressing. Certain in-person accommodations are still available for those who need expedited disability determinations, emergency payments, or the reinstatement of benefits. Contact your local Social Security office by phone to learn more about the services they are currently offering.
Options For Appeal Hearings
Some scheduled hearings have been postponed until further notice, while others have been handled via remote tools, including telephones and video conferencing. While proceeding with a virtual hearing may lead to a quicker resolution, there may be a few drawbacks that you’ll want to consider before making your final decision. It may be worth it to discuss your options with a knowledgeable SSDI attorney who can help you fully explore your situation and work with you to determine the best path forward.
While we wait for the world as we know it to return to business-as-usual, you can still accomplish many tasks by consulting the Social Security website. You can apply for SSDI or SSI via the website, or you can request an appeal hearing online. You’ll also be able to check the status of your application or appeal via the website. To learn more about your options for pursuing SSDI benefits during this uncertain time, contact Drew L. Johnson, P.C. to discuss your situation. Call our Albany office today at (541) 434-6466 to schedule a free initial consultation with a dedicated Social Security disability benefits attorney.