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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Commonwealth Court Reaffirms Residency Does Not Provide Jurisdiction in Workers Compensation

Recently, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, once again, addressed the issue of state jurisdiction over a workers compensation claim. In this case, a Pennsylvania resident was injured in an auto accident in New Jersey, while working for a trucking company based out of Alabama.  During the pendency of the claim, the Claimant was receiving workers compensation benefits through the state of Alabama.   When the Claimant applied for his position, he testified that he completed an online application at his home…

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Veteran discount for Pennsylvania Workers Compensation

Mooney & Associates is proud and grateful for the service our military veterans have provided to this great Nation.  Our law firm offers military veterans an array of discounts on legal services when using our law firm.  It is our way of showing appreciation for their service. If you are a military veteran and are hurt on the job, we will offer a discounted fee on workers compensation cases.  The discount can save a veteran hundreds or thousands of dollars.…

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Mooney & Associates discounts for Military Veterans

My law firm, Mooney &Associates, provides more legal services than just Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability.  Our General Practice Division offers legal services in the following areas of law:    Family Law, including Divorce, Support, and Custody, Criminal Defense, Real Estate Settlement, Estate Planning and Administration, Bankruptcy, Veterans Planning, Crisis Planning (Medicaid and Asset protection), Business Law (Formation), Unemployment Compensation Appeals, Long Term Disability Appeals, and Civil Litigation. To honor our Military Veterans and to thank for their service…

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