Mooney Law now handles Maryland Workers Compensation

Mooney Law now will be handling Maryland Workers Compensation cases.  I recently waived in and was admitted to practice in Maryland and am now part of the Maryland State Bar and can actively handle Maryland Workers Compensation cases before the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission.  Mooney Law has several South Central Pennsylvania offices that are in close proximity to Maryland, including Hagerstown, Thurmont, Emmittsburg, and Taneytown.  Mooney Law also has meet locations in Westminster and Frederick.   Mooney Law has fought…

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Why you need an Attorney for your Social Security Disability Appeal

I was recently a guest on ABC 27 in Harrisburg on Good Day PA to discuss Social Security Disability.  Specifically, I discussed with Amy Kehm, the host of Good Day PA, why applicants for Social Security Disability benefits who have been denied benefits, needs experienced attorney to represent them before the Social Security Administrative Law Judge. Contrary to popular opinion, winning Social Security Disability cases is no east task.  Pressure is on Social Security ALJs to deny benefits.  You can…

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Harrisburg Social Security Disability Office has long hearing wait, adds new Judges

I hear from every client their disbelief of the wait time to receive a hearing on their Social Security Disability appeal.  It is frightening for folks who have no income or limited income and can’t function normally or work. However, it is also a reality.  And, it is not just the Harrisburg Office of Adjudication and Review, which handles Social Security Disability appeals, that has the backlog wait time.  It is a national problem.

Mooney & Associates representing social security clients
Mooney & Associates representing social security clients

Here are the current numbers. (As of July 2016)

HEARING LOCATION HEARING WAIT TIME
Elkins Park, PA 20.0 Months
Harrisburg 19.3 Months
Johnstown 19 Months
Philadelphia 20.5 Months
Philadelphia East 20 Months
Pittsburgh 21 Months
Seven Field, PA 18 Months
Wilkes Barre 16.5 Months
Pennsylvania State Average 19.3 Months
Baltimore, MD 21 Months
NHC Baltimore 19 Months
Maryland State Average 20 Months

As you can see, the Harrisburg ODAR office is trending right near the Pennsylvania state average, but above the National average.  There may be some relief in sight though.  Harrisburg has recently added three new Administrative Law Judges, which should help reduce the wait time to around the National average.  Bottom line is, even with new ALJ’s on the way, if you have been denied Social Security Disability and you appeal, you SHOULD NOT expect to have a hearing for at least 16 months. (more…)

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