While the Social Security Administration is still dealing with a massive backlog that seems to have no light at the end of the tunnel, they have also now instituted a new puzzling policy that will shield the identity of the judge until the day of the hearing. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates believes this could put those with disability qualifying conditions at a disadvantage.
For lawyers preparing for these cases, this could make a world of a difference. Judges are known by their personalities, as some hold lengthy hearings, some short and each has what lawyers come to find to be their own set of standards for approving a claimant.
If this policy is to continue, the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates believes that the hearing backlog for the SSA could grow larger, as setting up hearings could become much more difficult. While the SSA claims that lawyers were changing away from judges that deny too many cases, this is a policy that could end up making this much worse for claimants, lawyers and the entire system
Whether the judge is known in advance or not, the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experts at presenting the relevant medical and other supporting evidence to the judge to obtain approval of disability benefits for the firms clients.