Wait times in Buffalo for a Social Security are increasing. We posted a few days ago about recent reports documenting the increase in the wait time for a Social Security disability hearing. In Buffalo, the average claimant waits 24 months for a for a Social Security disability hearing. The amount of time a claimant waits for a hearing nationwide is slightly less than in Buffalo, but is still a very long time. Earlier this week, the Washington Post recently published an editorial addressing the human cost of long hearing wait times. The writer of the article lost his home while waiting for his hearing and had to relocate to a different state. Eventually, Social Security awarded him benefits. The article can be found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/25/i-lost-everything-waiting-for-disability-assistance-and-im-not-the-only-one/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.a4b64852bbee
Unfortunately, this writer’s story is not unique. Our Social Security disability clients in Buffalo routinely experience similar financial difficulties while waiting for their hearings. The lawyers at Pashler & Devereaux understand how stressful it can be waiting for a disability hearing. This is one of the reasons why we work so closely with our clients throughout the disability process. We want our clients to be as prepared as possible when they finally have a chance to tell their story.