Recent reports of violent threats and actual violence as hearing against Administrative Law Judges basically sheds light on the frustration people seeking benefits must feel after waiting sometimes over two years for a hearing. This recent Toledo Blade article illustrates the point.
Obviously, extreme behavior of any kind is not tolerated at hearings, and especially by the armed guards who are now posted in all hearing offices. Claimants need to understand that thee system has been in turmoil, because of the economy and the aging population, giving rise to an abundance of people seeking income. The Federal government has responded by opening new hearing offices all over the country, hiring new judges and in general, cutting back on the waiting time as best it can given the current situation.
While most claimants probably see little in their situation to appreciate, things are getting better already, and will continue to improve in the future. When you come to a hearing, be prepared to discuss your limitations, not your waiting time, or gripes you have against the government. Above all, if you have a letter from your doctor, the government doesn’t need to hear his opinion about their perceived inefficiency and ignorance based on what he has told them about your case.
In short, make the most of your hearing by concentrating on your limitations, and understand that complaining, about anything, is basically irrelevant to the outcome of your case. Threatening a judge or other Social Security Administration personnel will only get you more hardship than you already have with your impairments.