Federal Suit Filed on Accusing Social Security Judges of Bias
Your Social Security Disability claim may ultimately be decided by an Administrative Law Judge. National statistics show that over 60% of Social Security Disability claims are awarded after a Social Security Disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. But, there are some biased judges and in April 2011, a Federal Suit was filed in the Eastern District of New York accusing Federal Administrative Law Judge’s of erecting a “brick wall” of bias denying legitimate Social Security Disability claims.
An independent think tank at Syracuse University released an office by office study of close to 2 million benefit determinations that suggest that “the chance that a disability claim is granted or denied is often determined more by a particular judge assigned to handle it that by the facts and circumstances presented in the case.”
The class action law suit Padar v. Astrue claim’s that Social Security Disability applicants in claims have been systematically deprived of their rights to a “full and fear hearing before an impartial administrative law judge.”
According to the plaintiffs, 72% of Social Security Disability claims are granted nation wide by Social Security Disability judges from 2005 to 2008, yet four the claim’s judges just grant 31-45% of the cases that they heard.
Statistics show that the five judges named in this lawsuit were reversed 80% of the time when their cases were appealed to the federal court.
We hope that the Social Security Disability Administration addresses this issue as quickly as possible so that all Social Security Disability applicants get a full and fair hearing.
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Cited: **September 8, 2011 www.law.com**