Social Security Implements New Program to Speed Up Its Claims Process

The Social Security Administration recently announced a new program, which will hopefully speed up the appeal process for some Social Security Disability and SSI claimants. Social Security’s new National Adjudication Team (NAT) consists of a panel of experienced staff attorneys who have the power to evaluate claims, and possibly grant on-the-record decisions.

While NAT has limited powers, it can issue fully favorable decisions. Cases will be approved by NAT if the claimant either:

  • Meets a Listing of Impairment.
  • Medically equals a Listing of Impairment.
  • Meets the Medical-Vocational Grid Rules.
  • Has proven that he is unable to perform full-time, competitive work.

NAT cannot issue an unfavorable or partially favorable decision.

While this is an exciting development for Social Security claimants, McCroskey Law’s Social Security attorneys note that many cases– even strong cases– require a hearing. Our Social Security team aggressively seeks on-the-record decisions for our clients, when appropriate. However, with decades of experience, we realize that hearings often provide the Social Security Administration with valuable insight into a claimant’s life and limitations.

Whether you have a NAT-eligible claim, or require a hearing, McCroskey Law is ready to fight for you and your loved ones. Our experienced Social Security attorneys are available to meet with you in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Battle Creek. We also offer limited appointments in Holland. If you have questions about the new NAT program, or your rights to Social Security benefits, contact McCroskey Law today.

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