Episode 5: Louisville Social Security benefits attorney Trevor Smith answers a question he’s been asked multiple times. It’s “Can I file for social security disability during the COVID-19 pandemic?” The simple answer is yes, but there have been a few changes to the process. Let’s discuss them in today’s episode.
The Smith and Wax law firm is still working during the coronavirus shutdown. People interested in applying for benefits can speak with Trevor to get their questions answered. The Social Security Administration is still up and running. While some people are continuing to work from home, the process is still going forward.
Face to face meetings are not permitted, but Trevor and his staff are communicating with people via phone and email. Trevor is mailing a packet of documents to be signed by new clients, which are to be signed and returned to the firm.
Consultative exams are often ordered by the court. These are independent examinations of the client. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the court is not requiring these exams. This typically won’t hurt the case. There is no information as to when those exams will be required. Cases are progressing normally, without them.
As soon as the doctor’s office, therapist or other healthcare appointments are available, you should set up an appointment to continue your treatment. The social security administration understands why there may be a lapse during this time. However, once the offices open back up, many people will be trying to get appointments with the doctors and therapists. It’s important that you don’t procrastinate. Document proof of treatment and their feedback is important to the success of your case.
The actual hearing for your case is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Normally, these hearings are done in person and in front of the judge. At this time, the courts are only scheduling telephone hearings through at least August. If you decide you don’t want a hearing via telephone, you can wait, but that decision may add considerable time to your case. The telephone hearing will last 30-60 minutes.
For now, the bottom line is that you can still get your case started. You can file for social security disability during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions, or would like to speak to an attorney about your situation, contact Smith and Wax at (502) 581-1133. The website is www.SmithAndWaxLaw.com
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