Social Security Ruling 13-1

On January 31, 2013, the Social Security Administration issued SSR 13-1.   This Ruling clarifies the three processes the Social Security Administration has for addressing allegations of unfairness, prejudice, partiality, bias, misconduct or discrimination by an Administrative Law Judge.

A claimant who alleges an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) was unfair in a hearing can file complaints as follows:

1.  Include a claim along with their appeal to the Appeals Council.

2.  The Division of Quality Service may review a complaint.

3.  File a complaint with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights.

I have had clients who felt like the judge was unfair, prejudiced or biased in the decision.  They have a right to assert these allegations and hopefully receive justice in the matter.

Seeking disability benefits is very difficult for many people.   Many people have a hard time accepting the idea they cannot work anymore and contribute to their family.  It is not an easy process.  When a judge is harsh, overbearing, prejudiced or bias, a claimant can be left feeling helpless.

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