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Fri Apr 19, 2013, 12:49 PM

Lawsuit: Judges Sometimes Award Disability Benefits To Clear Cases Faster To Meet Quotas

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Judges struggling to handle a surge of disability cases sometimes award benefits they might otherwise deny in order to clear cases faster so they can meet quotas imposed by the Social Security Administration, according to a lawsuit filed by the union representing the agency's administrative law judges.

The Social Security Administration says judges should decide 500 to 700 disability cases a year. The agency calls the standard a productivity goal, but the lawsuit claims it is an illegal quota that requires judges to decide an average of more than two cases a workday.

The lawsuit says the requirement violates judges' independence, denies due process rights to applicants and further strains the finances of a disability program that is projected to run out of money in 2016.

Once the trust fund that supports the disability program runs dry, the system will only collect enough money in payroll taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Congress could redirect money from the retirement program to shore up the disability program, as it did in 1994. But that would worsen the finances of the retirement program, too.

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L0oniX Apr 2013 #1
kickysnana Apr 2013 #2
KT2000 Apr 2013 #3
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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 01:00 PM

1. Judges struggling? No ...those with real disabilities are the ones really struggling.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 01:01 PM

2. Stress that these caseas have been waiting 4 years to be seen they are that far behind.

People die waiting for help every day on this and VA.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 01:02 PM

3. Oh please

disability cases are routinely denied two times.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 03:13 PM

4. Not if you show up with a lawyer. If you are going it 'alone', yes. eom

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 05:12 PM

5. not in Washington n/t

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