Yearly Archives: 2009

Kristin Packard Joins Charlotte Office

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As a Charlotte native, Kristin Packard knows all about the area and all about law. As a previous defense attorney for insurance companies and employers, she knows the “other side” of workers’ compensation cases and will be an asset to our team. She joins our Charlotte office this month, and we welcome her dynamic personality.

Disability Claims Processing Data

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As an update to my recent post, the national average for processing a SSD claim is 494 days. That’s nearly a year and five months. The Greensboro office operates at 541 days (almost 50 days longer), while Charlotte beats the national average slightly at 490 days.

It is important to note that North Carolina has had a slight drop (just under 4%) in the number of claims processed this year compared to 2008, which makes us one of only two states where this happened. Compare NC to Illinois where the number of cases has unbelievably doubled, due possibly to more baby boomers in the market and people who had not planned for the economic dilemma we are in.

According to the latest reports, the Social Security Administration has the goal to end the backlog in hearing level claims in all states by 2013. Additional Administrative Law Judges, funding and efficient staff and productivity could make this happen. As always, we will keep you updated.

This article was written by Chip Permar

Apply for SSD On Your Computer

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Last winter I wrote about how the Social Security offices are trying to speed up processing and also use less paper by going digital. Using technology for medical record codes is starting to work. The National Health Information Network is a first for a federal government agency, according to a published article, and it’s great that it has started with Social Security. The SSA recommends that you apply for disability benefits on-line. You can click here to get to the website, and you can submit your application electronically.

This article was written by Todd P. Oxner

Update on the SSA Using Electronic Medical Records

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Here’s an article from an Indiana newspaper that gives an update on Social Security’s advancement into using electronic medical records. This National Health Information Network is gradually rolling out across the country and this article tells of the ways it will speed up the process.

This article was written by Chip Permar

Raleigh Office Adds John Landry

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John Landry, Jr. recently joined the Workers Compensation team, working primarily in our Raleigh location. A life-long North Carolinian, John’s law background includes insight into the workings of insurance companies and employers. He is a super-smart person and a big asset to our firm. We are pleased to include him in our group of Oxner + Permar attorneys.