A quick entry to update those people who are currently waiting for appeals at the Social Security Tribunal. I am speaking to those appellants who are Legacy Appeals - they are those who were at the Review Tribunal at the time of changeover to the Social Security Tribunal.
I have over the last two weeks received dates for hearings for individuals whose appeals are numbered 122 - 123.
So these individuals had probably applied to the Review Tribunal to have their appeal heard in around early 2012. These hearings are also being scheduled for the May - June 2015 period.
Still a huge back log waiting - all of the remainder of the legacy cases - they are numbered up to 125 and all of the Appeal GP-13 and GP-14. But progress - finally progress.
I would also like to caution people on two things - firstly - if you have an appeal scheduled at the Social Security Tribunal please get help with this. It is just plain foolish to try to manage this type of appeal alone. There is too much at stake and with very limited appeal rights if you are denied - you may just be done being able to apply for CPP disability again. Also, be careful who you choose to help you. There are individuals out there who claim to be able to do this work - I have written in prior blogs about the questions to ask if you are looking for someone to help you. If you like, you can call this office and ask me. I would rather help you decide than you rely on someone who does not have the expertise.
Secondly, try not to get to this level of appeal. If you have been denied CPP disability, get help at the initial stages of application and for sure at the reconsideration appeal. My staff and I can help prepare and audit your CPP Disability applications.