About the Social Security Administration

At the Coye Law Firm Disability Center, we find that explaining the process of a claim helps our clients understand how their case is resolved. Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income are distributed by a complex organization called the Social Security Administration. This article is a profile of the administration aimed at explaining why so many people wait so long for disability benefits.

History of the Social Security Administration

Founded in 1935 with the passage of the Social Security Act, the Social Security Administration was a part of President Roosevelt's New Deal. The act was inspired by the devastating effects of the Great Depression, in which people lost their jobs, savings, and homes. The SSA administers many programs that provide social insurance benefits to people who have worked and paid taxes on their earnings in the United States.

The headquarters of the Social Security Administration is located in Woodlawn, Maryland. 62,000 people work for the SSA in 10 regional offices, eight processing centers, and about 1300 filed offices throughout the United States. It is the largest social welfare program in the United States and has an annual budget of 657 billion dollars.

Programs Offered

The Social Security Administration oversees many programs that pay benefits in order to provide for the welfare of American citizens. Those programs include:
  • Retirement
  • Survivors
  • Disability
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Medicare

Each program is designed to protect people who have worked in America, as well as their families. Spouses and children who outlive a worker in their family are eligible to receive survivors benefits. Disability benefits are paid to injured or ill people who cannot work and earn an income due to their conditions. Retirement benefits are paid to people who have reached the standard retirement age, which has been increasing in recent years.

If you have questions about any of these programs, you can call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or visit their website at www.ssa.gov .

Time for Decisions

As you can see, the Social Security Administration is in charge of many programs that pay benefits to many people. Because of this, the decision process can take a very long time. Initial claims for disability benefits take anywhere from three to five months to be decided. If a claimant decides to appeal, then their wait time can be over a year.

If you haven't heard from the Social Security Administration in regards to your application or appeal, you canuse their website to check the status .

The Coye Law Firm's Disability Center strives to get benefits for disabled workers as soon as possible. However, the Social Security Administration only works so fast. Your chances of being awarded disability benefits are much better if you have an experienced disability attorney on your side. Call our offices to set up a free consultation and discuss your case with a member of our compassionate staff.