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Government shutdown may affect Social Security Disability cases

Georgia residents may be confused by the news of the partial federal government shutdown. They should know they are not alone, and citizens everywhere are scrambling to find out how the shutdown may affect individuals. Though some affected people may see it coming, the shutdown also may affect Social Security Disability cases. 

Though the agencies that handle Social Security Disability cases are still able to ensure that current recipients receive their benefits, new applicants may have a long wait. The process of applying for these benefits can already take upwards of several weeks or month, and with many employees in the Social Security offices furloughed, the process may take even longer. This means people who are qualified to receive benefits will not be able to collect them until someone finally gets around to his or her paperwork amid the chaos. 

For persons who are already collecting Social Security Disability payments, their check will still be received, at least for the month of January, but there is still cause for concern. Many people who are eligible to collect Social Security are also eligible for other forms of assistance, such as SNAP benefits, medical assistance or housing subsidy. These programs are already shutting down, and after January 2019, if the shutdown continues, these programs will be unable to continue payments and aid to many recipients. 

Georgia claimants and applicants must certainly feel frustrated. It can be scary to be denied benefits one is entitled to because of red tape and circumstances beyond a person's control. Recipients and applicants have the right to have an experienced attorney handle their claims. An attorney can help a client make sure his or her case is handled as swiftly as possible, and help them collect any monies or assistance to which he or she is entitled by law. 

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