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November 6, 2015

The biggest backlog in the government, Appeals pending at the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disablity Adjudicaiton and Review,  has now reached one million appeals according to a Audit Report completed by the Office of the Inspector General .  The average time to process claims has reacehd 450 days.  The Social Security Adminstration is strained […]

October 16, 2015

The Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award was awarded to Mrs. Vicki Dempsey today in Kansas City at the American Bankruptcy Intitute’s 35th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institiute. The Missouri Bar’s Commercial Law Committee established an annual award to be presented at the Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar. The Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy […]

August 31, 2015

Social Security Backlog in Our Region: Among Worst in Nation According to the Social Security Administration, our clients in Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois are some of the worst-served in the United States.  The St. Louis Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) ranks 158th out of 162 offices.  At the end of May, the office […]

August 13, 2015

Attorney Vicki Dempsey saw an injustice in Missouri law and has been successful in getting it changed.  Dempsey has practiced bankruptcy law for 28 years and has represented thousands of people in Chapter 7 and 13 cases.  In 2011 she filed a case for a couple in Missouri who had substantial medical bills.  Sadly, a few months after […]

July 24, 2015

Sometimes those who intend to help really screw things up. A couple of social workers in a local Illinois agency were convinced that all attorneys want to do is drag out Social Security cases so they can get fees. In fact, they were convinced that the best way to get disability benefits was for their […]

June 10, 2015

Unfortunately, there is a group of people in Washington who want to radically alter or eliminate the Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.  One of them, Senator Orin Hatch of Utah, was in the news recently citing an in-house study on overpayments to recipients of these programs and suggesting that Social Security […]

February 19, 2015

If there is anything we Americans hate, its paperwork.  Unfortunately, when you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI, you get smacked with a lot of it. Too many people rush through the paperwork and make mistakes that can end up costing them their benefits! One of the forms that is easy to mess up […]

January 26, 2015

SOCIAL SECURITY CASES HEARD IN HANNIBAL REASSIGNED TO ST. LOUIS ODAR In November our office was notified that all of our cases which are heard in Hannibal – all of our Illinois cases as well as the eastern two-thirds of Northeast Missouri — are being transferred back to the St. Louis Office of Disability Adjudication […]

January 15, 2015

I-Team: Disablity delays – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5.   This news report from a Fox affiliate in Atlanta, GA is representative of what is happening in our local area.

January 14, 2015

One important thing when someone is on Social Security Disability or is receiving SSI benefits is to keep in treatment and keep track of what medical providers you see and when you see them. You are going to come up for review every three years by the Social Security Administration and you can get yourself […]

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