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Published on Nov 28, 2018
Social Security has a problem in that they impose no standard on judges when it comes to approving or denying cases. Within any one hearing office, you may have one judge who approves 20% of claims, while the judge next door approves 80%. A system with this level of variation is a lottery, not a system of justice.
Given that SSA’s #disability decision making process is inherently flawed, you may think that a judge who denies your claim is automatically unreasonable. In my experience, this is not the case - I have appeared before hundreds of administrative law judges and the vast majority want to dispense justice and do the right thing, whatever “doing the right thing” means to that judge. Like just about every other Social Security employee, judges are overworked, underpaid and asked to produce more with less support staff.
However, every so often, I run into a judge who is irrational, unreasonable or hostile for no good reason. As I discuss in this video, this type of situation is very rare but my strategy for this situation is to politely but firmly make my concerns known on the record to protect my client’s interests in an appeal.
As a disability attorney, I have an obligation to represent my clients zealously and if that means protecting my client from being bullied or harassed by a judge, then so be it.
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