$1.3 Billion Were Improperly Paid by Social Security Disability
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that Social Security has improperly paid out $1.3 billion in disability payments. The payments were disbursed to individuals who claimed to be unable to work, yet were employed. These improper payments affected less than one percent of beneficiaries paid between December 2010 and January 2013.
The administration is trying to combat the backlog of disability claims. SSDI requires a waiting period in which an individual is not supposed to have earned more than a certain earning threshold. Although the waiting period is supposed to be five months before disability payments can begin, claimants are waiting as long as a year or even longer. And there is the potential for this to be extended when a claim is denied and the individual files an appeal.
The GAO found that some of the $1.3 billion in overpayments went to individuals during the five-month waiting period.
These issues could impact those who are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, which is why the wise choice is to hire a representative for help. Navigating through the claims process is complicated enough, without worrying about other issues that could arise.
All it takes is one missing piece of documentation or incomplete paperwork to set a claimant back. Seeking the help of legal counsel may eliminate these and other mistakes that could result in waiting several months for an answer.
a representative can also ensure that the proper payments are approved. Whether filing an initial claim or appealing a denied claim, don’t hesitate to contact Disability Help Group