Recently the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) released its summary of requests for review from the 2013 fiscal year. Requests for review are appeals of decisions issued by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJ”) or dismissals by claimants for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Of nearly 176,000 requests for review, a… Continue Reading
the settlement in Padro v. Astrue (Colvin) grants over 4000 disability claimants who were unfairly denied benefits by five rogue judges in Queens, NY the right to new hearings before different and independent judges. It also forces the five errant ALJ’s to undergo remedial re-training on Social Security law and proper procedures for conducting fair hearings. Finally, all future decisions by these five judges will be monitored by a special unit within the Social Security Administration for 30 months into the future. So there Mr. “Disability is easy to get” Kroft – stick this decision in your pipe and smoke it!
After six years of representing my Second Circuit colleagues on the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR) Board of Directors, I am stepping down to take on new challenges – including teaching a Social Security Disability Law course at a local law school. I will remain on the NOSSCR Advocacy Committee. Thankfully, my good friend… Continue Reading
Carrie Mason-Draffen is the excellent Workplace Columnist for Newsday and I have been glad to help her over the years with questions from her readers on Social Security disability claims and New York workers compensation claims. Her most recent column in which I was quoted had to do with when a non-working spouse can obtain Social Security benefits. Disabled… Continue Reading