How to File a Complaint about Unfair Treatment by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

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What can I do about unfair treatment or prejudiced? File a complaint about unfair treatment by an Administrative Law Judge. You can file your SSD complaint directly with the Social Security Administration describing the unfair treatment you experienced.

Give the Social Security Administration (SSA) your complaint in writing.  If you are unable to write a complaint letter, then SSA will write it for you.  Please give SSA as many details of in the incident as you can, including:

  • Name, address, and telephone number;
  • Social Security number;
  • Name of the person who treated you unfairly;
  • Describe in detail how you were unfairly treated;
  • What actions or word you thought were unfair;
  • Was there any witness saw or heard the unfair treatment; and
  • If someone is writing the unfair treatment complaint about you.  Then give SSA your relationship to that person.  Include your and their name, address, and telephone number.

File a Complaint about Unfair Treatment by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

Therefore your complaint should describe in detail what the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) did and said that was unfair or inappropriate in your opinion. However, it does not mean an ALJ’s decision was wrong or an error.  It does not mean that the ALJ was unfair or engaged in misconduct.

What You Need To Know Filing an Unfair Treatment Complaint

In addition, filing an unfair treatment complaint is not the same as Social Security Disability (SSD) appealing a decision.  Therefore, if you received a denial letter on your claim and you disagree with the decision.  In fact, you will only have 60 days from the date you received the denial letter to file an SSD appeal.  To ask for an SSD appeal of the decision.

However, an ALJ’s decision letter will explain how to file an appeal.  Also, describe the unfair treatment in your appeal court hearing.  For additional information, ask for the Appeals Process (Publication No. 05-10041), which is also available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10041.pdf

Where to Mail or Fax My Complaint Request?

To File a Complaint about Unfair Treatment by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  Mail your complaint to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Division of Quality Service, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Suites 1702/1703 Falls Church Virginia 22041-3255 or fax it to 703-605-8501.

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How to File an Unfair Treatment Complaint Concerning a Social Security Disability (SSD) Administrative Law Judge

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If you think any ALJ treated you unfairly, then you should file an unfair treatment complaint. Concerning the Administrative Law Judge who heard your case. Even if you do not plan to file an SSD appeal. However, your attorney or representative who is authorized to act on your behalf at the hearing can file a complaint.

The Social Security Administrative (SSA) wants to treat all claimants, attorneys, and representatives fairly, respectfully, and equally.  Above all, SSA does not want to treat anyone differently due to race, sex, age, disability, and the amount of money you have for any other reason. Consequently, in this article give you direction about filing a Social Security Disability (SSD) complaint. This is when you want to file an unfair treatment complaint concerning Social Security Disability Administrative Law Judge.

What You Should Do If You Were Treated Unfairly By an ALJ

But, if you feel any ALJ treated you unfairly, then report it to the SSA and ask them to look into the matter.  Even though you do not plan to file a Social Security Disability appeal.  Then you should have, your attorney or representative who is authorized to act on your behalf at the SSD hearing can file a complaint.  At this point, SSA must receive the complaint within 180 days.  Either the date of the incident or the date you were aware of the bad behavior.  You can ask SSA to look into the unfair treatment complaint while they are making a decision on your claim for benefits.

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Preparing for the Social Security Disability Consultative Mental Examinations

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Social Security Disability Consultative mental examinations are a one-time visit with a psychologist or psychiatrist paid by Social Security. To perform an examination that contains an important standard mental evaluation. Normally claims examiners use of the three mental evaluations to talk about potential mental health issues.

Learn how to prepare and what to anticipate during a Mental Consultative Examination.

Social Security Disability Consultative Mental Examinations

The important thing you can do is prepare for mental consultative examination (CE).  However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will mail you a letter or call to let you know when is your CE appointment.  I will explain in this article to learn what to expect.

What tests will be administered at the Consultative Exam

Actually type of tests or evaluations during the CE depends on each individual case.  However, Social Security Disability Claims Examiner at the Disability Determination Services (DDS) will request and schedule any tests or evaluations they will need to get a complete picture of your disability.  Yet, this will allow the reviewer to make a decision regarding disability benefits.  In addition, most Social Security Disability Claims Examiner work at state agencies called the Disability Determination Services or DDS.

What should I bring with me to the Consultative Exam appointment?

As a result, a majority of the Social Security Disability Consultative Exam appointments will be used to discuss your past situation with a mental examination.  Here are a few things you should bring with you to your Consultative Exam appointment:

  • Social Security claim number and
  • An ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, or a nondriver’s license identification card).

What Questions Will They Ask Me at The Consultative Examination?

Consequently, the purpose of the Social Security Disability Consultative exam is to fill in holes in your medical records.  The physician is going to know the following information:

  • Medical History. The physician wants to know what your impairments are.  Also, how your impairment affects your everyday life and ability to work.
  • Social History. Physicians want to know about your relationship with your family and friends. Your ability to interact with others in the community.  They want to what type social activities you are currently involved in.
  • Educational Background. It includes any difficulties you had in school.
  • Work Background. This will include attempts to return back to work.  The results of those attempts.

This information will be very helpful for your upcoming CE appointment. To ensure you are able to remember everything mentioned in the article to speed up the examination.

It’s very important to remember the intentions of these mental examinations is to get more information about you.  So that the Social Security Disability reviewer is able to make an accurate assessment of your disability.  Finally, make sure you answer the questions accurately and honestly.

What Should I Write Down My Medical History Before the Consultative Mental Exam?

However, it is important to give the physician an accurate account of your past and present medical and social history.  But it would be to your advantage to write down certain information and bring to the consultative exam.  Therefore you will not accidentally forget something, including:

  • previous diagnoses
  • treatments received and the results of those treatments
  • supported living facilities in which you have lived and the dates that you lived there
  • previous hospitalizations and dates of those stays
  • current medications you take and
  • any criminal history.

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What should you say if you go to a Social Security Disability Consultative Medical Exam? Part 2

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When you file for disability, you may be requested to go to a Social Security Disability Consultative Medical Exam. Consultative exams are often required by the Social Security Administration due to a claimant either has not received medical treatment for their condition within the past 60 days. Or has no medical records that will support a finding of disability.

This is the whole point of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program to ensure everyone has some kind of safety net. In the event they become disabled.  However, make claimants have adequate Social Security Disability Consultative Medical Exam.

Social Security Disability Consultative Medical Exam

So, if you attend a consultative exam the best thing to do is a report for the appointment on time. Do not miss your scheduled exams because it could result in a denial of your disability claim. During the exam tell the truth. Don’t try to tell your life story in the exam, answer the physician’s questions. But, do not allow a physician’s bad attitude, bully you into being overly complaining.  To the point of you pretending your condition or limitations aren’t that bad.

If your pain causes difficulty performing any physical or mental tasks.  Then do not be afraid to say so.  Yet, remember the SSD physicians who perform CE’s are just interested in finishing the exam quickly and write the report.  Whether than get a full idea of your medical condition. Some of these physicians want to make money and do not care if they are doing an adequate job.

Finally, don’t worry about what to say at your Social Security consultative exam.  Be truthful when answering questions about any limitations you have as a result of your impairment or impairments.  Allow the physician to write up his/her report. The consultative exam is usually a formality and may have very little impact on the outcome of your case.  They are not likely to upstage the opinion of your treating doctor or evidence contained within your medical records.

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What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam? Part 1

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What should you say if you go to a social security exam? Always tell the truth about your impairments causing you unable to work. The Social Security medical exam is rude, quick, and usually not helpful. You may be sent to a Consultative Exam if the Disability Claims Examiner decides if it is necessary.

After you filed for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You may be asked to attend a Social Security Disability exam. Also, called a consultative exam (CE).  In this article, it will tell you what should you say if you go to a Social Security exam.

What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?

Several disability applicants are nervous and afraid during the Consultative Exam,  Many SSD applicants are scared to say anything during their consultative exam. Because the physician may write an unfavorable report.  This fear is easy enough to understand since many SSD applicants who attend CE report.  From the physician performing the disability exam. The disability exam is nothing but short and rude.

Some SSD physicians who perform CE’s are a bit doubtful or even biased against those seeking disability benefits. However, many physicians are performing theses consultative exams for the Social Security Disability Office is out for the money. The CE takes 10 to 15 minutes on an average. However, it provides physicians with a steady source of income.

If you attend Consultative Exam and faced with an unsympathetic attitude. By the physician who performed your exam, then try not take it personally.  Several older SSD applicants are embarrassed to apply for disability benefits. But older applicants downplay their symptoms or physical limitation at their CE appointment.  Not to apply for disability benefits, not in their best interest.

Another name for SSD is SSDI which stands for Social Security Disability Insurance. To receive SSD benefits. You must work and pay into the system. However, through the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). FICA taxes come out of your paycheck over the years. That will make you entitled to disability benefits if you become too impaired to work.

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Keep Notes of Phone Conversations with the Social Security Disability Office (SSD) Part 2

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Keep notes of phone conversations with the Social Security Disability Office. For example for pending claims that are not represented, start a collection of “secret” telephone numbers of claims representatives at the local Social Security Office.

If representatives give several different answers, do not trust them. Always get three answers that considered the same. Then it will be safe to trust the information given.

However, after you get the information, make sure you understand it.  For example, review the requirements that a medical condition must meet to qualify for your disability.  Locate in the Social Security Administration (SSA) Disability’s Blue Book. Now you will see language used in medical and technical. You will able to use the information to request medical records from your doctors. You will be able to see whether you had the medical procedure in question. Then the doctor’s office will forward your medical records at your request. You will know if your doctor sent the correct medical documents. By calling your local SSD office to make sure they received the correct medical documents.

At this point, you can see the value of an advocate or someone who is familiar with the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits.  Who understands the medical and administrative jargon used by the Social Security Administration?  Finally, get professional who has enough experience to spot faulty or incomplete advice from SSA’s representatives.

Keep Notes of Phone Conversations with the Social Security Disability Office

If you cannot get your answer by telephone about your Social Security Disability case. Then call the National Social Security Disability Customer Service at 1800-772-1213. To make an appointment to see a representative at your local Social Security Office.

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Keep Notes of Phone Conversations with the Social Security Disability Office (SSD) Part 1

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Keep notes of phone conversation with the Social Security Disability Office. When talking to a Social Security Disability representative about your claim. To cut your chances of giving the wrong information. It will be a good idea to ask to speak to a Claims Representative. Rather than a Customer Service Representative. When you call the SSD a Customer Service Representative answered. But Customer Service Representatives doesn’t actually handle cases like an experienced Claims Representative.

Once you talk to a Social Security Disability Representative get their name. From the person that gave you the answers to your questions. Always call at least twice more to confirm you’re given the correct information.  Yet, it’s not uncommon to get the wrong information, partial information, or information does not quite fit your situation. Always keep notes of phone conversations with Social Security Disability Office.

When applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The application and evaluation procedures can be complex, complicate and intensive paperwork.  However, it’s acceptable that misunderstandings, miscommunication, and confusion can sneak into the process of information gathering.  Despite your best intentions and the Social Security Disability Representative, you talk with.

To cut your chances of giving the wrong information. It will be a good idea to ask to speak to a Claims Representative. Rather than a Customer Service Representative. When you call the SSD a Customer Service Representative answered. But Customer Service Representatives doesn’t actually handle cases like an experienced Claims Representative.

Notes of Phone Conversations with the Social Security Disability Office

When speaking to the Social Security Representatives, always write down the names. And their titles of the people. Buy a notebook to write down telephone numbers and extensions you call. Get the information in writing from the representative who answers your question. By either on paper or email. Finally, do not ask one person, ask several.

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Social Security Disability List of Impairments Blue Book

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Social Security Disability List of Impairments Blue Book is the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) listing of disabling impairments. The Blue Book’s title is officially called “Disability Evaluation under Social Security”. However, the Blue Book provides lists of criteria that claimants who are suffering from disabling condition to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits.

A lot of claimants get their Social Security Disability (SSD) claims denied. Due to not getting all their medical records to prove their disability. Or extra documents and information to help them get approved for their SSD benefits.  Here are some tips below. 

After you find your impairment in the SSD Blue book.  Then Print out a copy of your impairment or impairments. From the Social Security Disability Blue Book online. Make sure you submit the documents to SSD and your attorney. Please go to https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm

Social Security Disability List of Impairments Blue Book

  1. Google your impairment or impairments to get information. If your impairment has a foundation then print out the information.
  2. You should get any medical test pictures. For example Echocardiography, Complete Blood Count (CBC), Colonoscopy, Prothrombin Time (PT), Bone Density Study Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Axial Tomography (CT or CAT Scan), MRI, X-rays, and Mammography.  A mammogram is a special type of X-ray of the breasts, etc.
  3. Get a family and friends a write a letter about your disability how it affects you on the daily basis. Also, have them get it notarized.
  4. Write a statement about your daily activities. For example your pain levels, grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning, bathing, getting dress. How you prepare meals and running errands. Name the family or friends who help you in your daily activities.

When fighting your Social Security Disability case, it is a lot of work. It is very stressful and challenging but you must work on your case to prove your disability.

If you do not have a computer at home, go to your local library and do your impairment research. The library may charge a small fee for each page print out. If you do not have the money, then use a family or friend computer. It is very important to do extensive research about your impairment or impairments. But remember you increase your chances of getting your SSD case approved.

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The New Security Enhancement to Protect Your Privacy

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The new security enhancement to protect your privacy and personal information. When you enroll in the new security feature, you see an image and a phrase that can help you identify that you are on the Social Security Administration website, which is not a fraudulent look-alike site. The second feature added is a safety by identity who you are to prevent unauthorized access to your “my Social Security” account.
When you visit a Social Security Office in person, we can identify you. Just like you can identify us. By adding the Security Image and Phrase, now you are able to identify us over the Internet. When you enroll in our new security feature, will allow you to select an image and phrase known only to you.

June 10, 2017

On June 10, 2017, Social Security has strengthened the way they protect their client’s privacy. For “my Social Security” users. However, Social Security Administration has added a new identification method. That has two first layer of security is the username and password. Yet, adding these new security enhancements is to protect your privacy and measures feature to safeguard your information? But at the same time making it easy to use a vital part of keeping your information safe and secure.

However, you can check the status of your Social Security Disability claim through “my Social Security” website. But it will allow you to check the amount of retirement, disability monthly payments, and yearly earnings. Yet, “my Social Security” will date back to your first job you ever worked. The Social Security Administration will mail out a statement once a year if requested. However, by telephone or “my Social Security” website.

The New Security Enhancement to Protect Your Privacy

Each time a Social Security client signs into their account, they complete two steps. Click on https://www.ssa.gov/ to sign up or sign in.

Step 1: Enter your username and password.

Step 2: Enter the security code. Then you will receive a text message or email. Depending on your choice (cell phone provider text message and data rates may apply).

Also, these security enhancements have upgraded “my Social Security.”  To create an enhanced customer experience.  By using “my Social Security” portal will automatically adjust the screen size for a computer, a smartphone or a tablet.  No matter what type of device you use it easy-to-use and access your personal “my Social Security” account.

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How to Switch Your Social Security Disability Lawyer?

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How to switch your social security disability lawyer. First, you should consider where you are in the disability process. Because when you hired your attorney, you signed a fee agreement for 25% or up to $6,000 from your disability back payments award to you.

If you are thinking about switching your disability lawyer. Then you should remember that you signed a binding agreement. That includes expenses that you may have to pay. Whether you win your Social Security Disability (SSD) case or lose. How to switch your Social Security Disability lawyer.

This is the reason why you should always read over any fee agreement before signing. But, it does not mean that you are unable to change your SSD lawyer or disability representative. Yet it means that you may have to pay out of pocket for incidental expenses and hours spent working your SSD case. If you agreed to pay fees in the fee agreement you signed.

How Do You Switch Your Disability Lawyer?

Yet, if you determine you are going to switch SSD lawyers or representatives. Mail a letter to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and your current SSD lawyer. Stating you no longer need them to represent your SSD case. Also, a request from your a current lawyer a letter of withdrawal from your SSD case to the SSA.

Then your new disability lawyer can send your documents and a newly signed fee agreement to SSA. It will go smooth to switch to your new disability lawyer. But, it will not prevent your initial lawyer from informing SSA part of the fee in your disability case. Also, that you refuse to pay and sign a withdrawal letter.

Will not prevent your initial disability lawyer from getting the expenses and fees. That you agreed to pay by signing the fee agreement. For example, fees may include postage stamps, phone calls, travel, and medical records. Or any other expense your initial disability lawyer entitled to. Also, you are responsible for any expenses you agree to pay your new disability lawyer. After you signed your new lawyer fee agreement.

Disability claimants can switch their disability lawyers with very little trouble. But most disability lawyers will sign a disability withdrawal letters. Once the clients agreed to pay expenses. Some disability lawyers and representatives can refuse to sign a withdrawal letters. They can petition a disability fee should your claim approved for disability benefits. If a disability lawyer or representative refuses to withdraw from your disability case. It will be difficult to switch to a new disability lawyer.  Many lawyers do not want to involve themselves in contesting disability fee petition cases.

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