» Veterans Attorney at Hook Law Center Praises Expedited Social Security Claims Processing for Disabled Veterans

Veterans Attorney at Hook Law Center Praises Expedited Social Security Claims Processing for Disabled Veterans

Hook Law Center (formerly Oast & Hook)

Hook Law Center (formerly Oast & Hook)

Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2014 – The Social Security Administration recently announced an expedited approval process for disability claims filed by disabled veterans.

The new process was announced in a statement from Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin. It applies to veterans with a disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent & Total (P&T) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These veterans’ applications for Social Security Disability Insurance will be treated as high-priority and be decided on an expedited basis, similar to those under the Wounded Warriors program.

Hampton Roads veterans attorney Andrew Hook praises the announcement.

“This is a necessary and welcome change for some of our most deserving veterans,” Hook says. “Those meeting the strict standard of 100 percent Permanent and Total disability are very much in need of, and deserving of, public assistance, and should not have to wait through lengthy bureaucratic delays before getting the help they need.”

Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes, a leading Congressional advocate for veterans’ assistance, also hails the
announcement, pointing out the lengthy claims processing backlogs that are due, in part, to large numbers of aging baby boomers and wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

The SSA has reminded veterans that the new procedure only expedites claim processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits. Veterans must meet strict eligibility requirements.

The VA has also made significant progress recently in reducing its own huge backlog of disability claims, employing measures including mandatory overtime for claims processors and an accelerated transition to computerized records.

“I’m glad to see the VA and Social Security working hard to correct the problem of backlogs and delays that have plagued benefits processing for vulnerable segments of our population,” adds Hook. “Veterans concerned about proper estate planning and benefits eligibility should speak with an attorney experienced in veterans’ benefits claims.”

Hook Law Center
295 Bendix Road, Suite 170
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-1294
Phone: 757-399-7506
Fax: 757-397-1267

SUFFOLK
5806 Harbour View Blvd.
Suite 203
Suffolk VA 23435
Phone: 757-399-7506
Fax: 757-397-1267
http://www.hooklawcenter.com/

  • Eye and smell tests may make early detection of Alzheimer’s possible
    Results of four new research trials suggest that changes to the eyes and ability to smell may be valuable in the early detection of Alzheimer’s.  Reports presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen revealed that eye exams could be used to identify build-up of beta amyloid in the brain, while a decreased [...]
  • Seniors may qualify for Medicaid by spending down assets safely
    Federal law dictates that only someone below a benchmark level of assets can qualify for Medicaid, beyond which it is determined that the individual does not have the assets to pay for his or her own care. Many seniors who apply do not receive Medicaid because their asset level is too high to qualify. In [...]
  • Facts to know about Medicare and retirement
    If your 65th birthday is approaching, you should make sure you are aware of your Medicare options and are prepared to enroll in Medicare if necessary. Here are a few things you should know. First, if you are receiving Social Security benefits already, then you will be enrolled in Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and [...]
  • Bill would fund Hampton Roads veteran care center
    A bill has been introduced in the Virginia state legislature to provide state funding for a new health care center for veterans in Hampton Roads, The facility would supplement the care provided by the Hampton VA Medical Center. The new center has been proposed before, but funding was stalled. Now, a dispute over a new [...]
  • Advance Medical Directives Need Easy Accessibility
    Many people are aware of the importance of advance medical directives. In the event that you become incapacitated, these directives detail what procedures you do or do not want and who should make decisions for you. Because these are important documents, people often keep copies in safe deposit boxes or leave them in the care [...]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required