Experienced trial lawyers With The Resources To Handle Your Case
The national trial lawyers
Best law firms us news 2017
Super lawyers
Million dollar advocates forum
Multi million dollar advocates forum
AV preeminent martindale-hubbell lawyer ratings
Litigator awards

And you thought applying for SSDI was complex

Taxpayers expect that when they spend almost $300 million on a project, they should receive something in return. The project of upgrading the Social Security Administration’s computer system used for processing Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) applications has used close to $300 million and six years and is still not complete.

The need for the system improvements is clear. The numbers of applications for SSDI have increased in the last decade. This has caused delays to remain or increase and most applicants can expect to wait up to 100 days for the processing on their initial application. If they are denied, and must appeal to an administrative law judge, the wait can increase to 400 days.

The SSA understands the frustration many disabled workers feel at the delays and began this program six years ago to improve the processing of these claims. The system that needed to be upgraded is highly complex and is far different from merely buying new software and installing it.

The disability determinations for SSDI are performed in state Disability Determination Services offices. There are 54 such offices and before this project, the all apparently used somewhat different systems.

In addition, the SSDI application process is very complex and all of these parts must work together, and do so more or less flawlessly. That is a difficult and the private contractor responsible for the work, Lockheed Martin, has had problems.

A report critiquing the project found it also lacked sufficient coordination on the part of the SSA, where the project failed to have a single person with overall responsibility. 

The SSA has promised to use the report to make improvements, but as the initial roll out of the Affordable Health Care Act showed, large IT implementations never simple, and the SSA’s project will take additional money and some time to complete.

Source: CBSNews.com, “Social Security IT project cost $300M and it doesn’t work,” Associate Press, July 24, 2014

FindLaw Network
box-shadow

$375,000

Settlement for knee injury sustained in a motor vehicle collision with contested liability.

$5.5 Million

Settlement for spinal injury caused by delivery company's negligent vehicle maintenance

$5 Million

Settlement for traumatic brain injury

$1.2 Million

Settlement (Liability insurance limits) for death claim arising out of tractor trailer collision

$1 Million

Settlement for closed head injury/facial fractures due to negligent construction site practices

$1 Million

Arbitration award in death claim arising out of motor vehicle collision

$1 Million

Total workers' compensation settlement for injured worker who suffered orthopedic injuries and additional GI injuries due to prescription medications.

$890,000

Settlement for head injury of injured worker caused by negligent operation of equipment by a non-employer contractor on the job site.

$875,000

Settlement for ankle injury due to negligent dump truck operation

$675,000

Settlement for bilateral wrist injuries caused by the negligent operation of a tractor-trailer.

$600,000

Settlement for statutory cap of $500,000 for wrongful death of a worker who was killed when struck by a government-owned vehicle as well as policy limit for underinsured motorist coverage.

$450,000

Workers' compensation settlement for a nurse who sustained a low back injury requiring multiple surgeries.

$375,000

Settlement for knee injury sustained in a motor vehicle collision with contested liability.

$5.5 Million

Settlement for spinal injury caused by delivery company's negligent vehicle maintenance

box-shadow
quote-1
quote-1

what our clients say about us

“I would like to sincerely thank you for your efforts in resolving my personal injury case. The consistent professionalism you and your firm provided demonstrated exactly how law is suppose to be handled. You helped to change my life and I will forever be in your debt.” - Satisfied Client
“It was not an easy road for us but we knew that we had a great attorney that cared about his clients. You are a fantastic attorney.”
“Just wanted to thank you again, so very much, for the TLC given us during our unfortunate situation; so greatly appreciated the ease and smoothness of handling things – you had so much to do!”
view more