Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Is your case at the Social Security Appeals Council?

Attorney Charles Hall in North Carolina has advised:

"Your Get Out Of The Appeals Council Jail Free Card     I said in an earlier post that I thought that because of the Supreme Court decision in Lucia v. SEC that the Appeals Council might as well go ahead and remand virtually all the cases it has pending. Another attorney at my firm pointed out to me the reason why they have little choice, as long as a Lucia objection has been filed with the Appeals Council. They can’t realistically raise the objection that you failed to raise the issue before the ALJ because in Lucia v. SEC itself (slip opinion at 3), the objection was only raised before the Securities and Exchange Commission itself after the ALJ decision. Theoretically, one could say that issue was never considered by the Supreme Court but that's theoretical rather than an argument Social Security is at all likely to raise. Social Security can’t say that its ALJs are different from the SEC's ALJs since the Solicitor General memo has conceded that they aren't.

     If you've got a case pending at the Appeals Council and you haven't already filed a Lucia objection, 
you'd better do so right away. Like today."

Monday, July 23, 2018

Ongoing Attacks on Social Security Hearing Judges and Staff

Read about the ongoing attacks on Social Security Hearing Judges and the folks who process Social Security Disability and SSI applications, appeals and awards....
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2018/07/17/social-security-recipients-could-be-collateral-damage-of-trumps-workforce-orders/?utm_term=.c2fde2c6a877

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Trump Orders Social Security Hearing Judges Under His Control


I am sharing this warning from Social Security Works about an urgent threat: "This week, Trump signed an executive order which is designed to strip independence from the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) who review disability claims. This action comes after a lengthy misinformation campaign targeting Social Security’s disability program, including making the outrageous claim that it is not a “core” part of Social Security. The truth is, we have one Social Security system, and we need to protect it from political interference. This order will only ratchet up pressure to deny disability claims. By putting a Trump appointee over the shoulder of every decision, they seek to deny the due process to which every Social Security claimant is entitled. Call on Congress to protect Social Security from political interference! There is already a million-person backlog of claims for Social Security disability insurance. While Senator Bernie Sanders’ new SSA Fairness Act would fully fund the Social Security Administration to clear that backlog fairly and efficiently, Trump’s answer seems to be to hire judges who share his political agenda and will deny all of the claims. Workers earn their disability benefits with every paycheck. Republicans are taking yet another step to deny some of the most vulnerable people in the country the benefits they've earned. ALJs are hardworking civil servants who are doing their best. Letting the Trump administration threaten their livelihood when they act with integrity is something we must all protest."

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Social Security Cuts Threaten

There is more evidence that raising the Social Security retirement age is tough on people with disabilities, health problems and lower earnings. Proposals to raise the retirement age are part of the broad attack on Social Security that have caused delays in taking and deciding applications and appeals, and have caused the wait for Social Security appeal hearings and decisions to extend to about two years. There are fewer staff to answer the phone or solve even simple problems. More than ever, people need help from lawyers to get promised benefits, while years ago you could walk into the local Social Security office and quickly take care of business. Social Security benefits should be increased, not cut, and staff must be added so that claims are quickly and fairly decided.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-social-security-longevity-20180425-story.html

Friday, January 19, 2018

Rep. Tom Marino Insults Constituent

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Joseph Rattman Attorney At Law || Introduction

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rubio: Offset Tax Cuts By Reducing Social Security, Medicare Benefits

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Joseph Rattman Attorney At Law || Introduction

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Off Task at Work

Many conditions would cause someone to be off task at times so that they could not sustain work and could not hold a job. This is a frequent issue in a Social Security Disability hearing addressed by the vocational expert called to testify by the Administrative Law Judge in most hearings. This is a reason why it is essential to have the help of an attorney at a hearing.  A document posted to the Social Security website explains the problem well. See:
https://www.ssa.gov/ndf/documents/Panelist%20-%20Kevin%20Liebkemann.pdf
(Attorney Joseph Rattman is a Pocono Social Security Disability lawyer serving northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley over 30 years. Phone: 570-424-6035)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Republican and Corporate Attacks on Social Security

I sent this letter recently to the Washington Post:
I was disappointed to read your attack on Social Security Disability, insurance that all workers pay for throughout their working lives. Enrollment peaked several years ago as baby boomers reached the disability-prone years before retirement, as the Social Security actuary projected a generation ago. The benefits are mostly just above minimum wage, are very difficult to qualify for and come with Medicare only two and a half years after the worker becomes disabled. Your coverage fails to reflect this essential context and appears to advance the extremist agenda to dismantle the Social Security programs and the safety net generally. In an age when families mostly depend on two earners, government tax policy, decline in pensions and savings, together with growth in corporate monopoly power have hollowed out the middle class, so Social Security Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance matters more than ever. Shame on you.

(Attorney Joseph Rattman is a Pocono Social Security Disability lawyer serving northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley over 30 years. Phone: 570-424-6035)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Social Security Disability delays worsening here and nationally

“The hearings and appeals process has experienced worsening timeliness and growing backlogs. For instance, the average processing time for a hearing increased 27 percent from 426 days at the end of FY 2010 to 543 days at the end of 2016. Moreover, during the same period, the pending hearings backlog grew 59 percent, from 705,367 cases at the end of FY 2010 to 1,122,014 at the end of FY 2016. In addition, the Appeals Council workload had grown 21 percent since FY 2010 to about 129,000 pending appeals at the end of FY 2016, and average processing time during the same period increased about 13 percent from 345 to 389 days.” Source: https://oig.ssa.gov/sites/default/files/audit/full/pdf/A-02-17-50240.pdf