As the world continues to adjust to the battle against COVID-19, one significant change is likely to affect a large number of individuals who count on Social Security benefits. According to the New York Times, all 1,200 Social Security field offices will be closed tot he public as of March 17, 2020. Social Security recipients can still contact the Social Security Administration through its website or by calling (800) 772-1213; however, the offices will not be available for in-person visits for most reasons.
What will these office closures affect?
Here’s the good news: Social Security benefits will not be affected for individuals who are already enrolled in the program. Unfortunately, application assistance and appeals will only be available online or through the phone, adding an additional barrier to an already cumbersome prospect. Individuals with severe disabilities, terminal conditions, or eligibility emergencies may be able to schedule an in-person visit in advance over the phone.
A Social Security disability benefits attorney can help.
Now more than ever, an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney like those at Drew L. Johnson, P.C., Attorneys at Law can provide vital assistance to help you get the benefits you need to live your life. By slowing down an already challenging process, these closures make it even more important that your application succeeds the first time, as every extra step adds that much more delay.
If you live in Eugene or Albany, Oregon, call (541) 434-6466 today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney.