My client has not received her retroactive payment. I have been trying to reach a representative at the Social Security office in San Francisco. ( I will not state which one so that I do not embarrass anyone there.) I kept calling the general number but they did not answer their phones. My client and I left phone messages for the claims representative working on her case, but she did not return our calls. I could have written or faxed and maybe I would have received a response at some unknown point in the future. I could have called the 1-800 customer service number. With all due respect to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), I know I would not have received a satisfactory response from calling that number.
I decided upon an “old school” method to reach someone human at the SSA; I went there in person. Other people had the same idea. I guess they could not get through on the phone either. I learned that there was no particular reason why the case was being delayed. A supervisor approved the payment on the spot. Perhaps it will take a few more weeks for client to receive her money but it is far shorter than it would be if I had written in and was waiting for a response.
I wonder how attorneys at national firms are able to represent claimants effectively. Despite the existence of amazing technology, I have learned that it sometimes takes a personal inquiry to obtain a result.