Local woman wrongly declared dead by Social Security Administration

SSA corrects nearly 10,000 inaccurate death reports every year
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 5:57 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) nearly 10,000 inaccurate death reports are corrected every year.

Bryan resident Taylor Bradley knows firsthand about that mistake.

“I want people to know that yes it’s happened to me and I want my stuff fixed ASAP but I want the public to know I’m alive and well,” said Bradley.

Bradley says it all started at the beginning of March when her bank card wouldn’t work.

“She said ‘Ms. Bradley, we have you down as deceased’ just like that I got dizzy. I thought I was going to faint,” said Bradley.

Bradley says she soon realized this was a bigger issue than her credit card not working. She says she went to the Bryan Social Security Office to get answers.

“The doors were locked and there was a phone number,” said Bradley “I called that phone number and I’m telling them what’s happening and they tell me ‘yes ma’am we have you deceased you have to come in person to get this straight’.”

Bradley says she went to the office twice before someone was able to help her.

“I signed the papers and everything was supposed to be cool,” said Bradley.

A month had gone by and Bradley says she continued to not receive her social security check or health insurance, resulting in more phone calls to SSA.

“I have to go again on April 19 to prove I’m alive,” said Bradley “They said it was resolved so why can’t they get it resolved like now, why do I have to wait days or weeks?”

In the last two months, Bradley says she has tried every avenue to get things fixed, including seeking help from Congressman Pete Sessions.

KBTX has reached out to Sessions’ team to get more information on what assistance they’ve provided, but has not heard back.

“I have screamed. I have cried. I have been fighting with my whole human being not to lose it,” said Bradley.

Bradley says for someone who depends on a social security check to live, the first of the month is approaching quickly.

“I’ve got to live the rest of this month. I’ve got to live next month, and I don’t think I could go through it next month. I don’t think I have it in me to continue going through this,” said Bradley.

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