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Disabled Queens, NY Residents Likely To Be Reconsidered

Earlier this year, we discussed a class-action lawsuit that was filed against a select number of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) in Queens, New York in 2011. The allegations at hand? Bias. The class-action lawsuit claimed that five ALJs allowed their prejudice and bias to interfere with their ability to make fair and just decisions-an estimated 4,000+ decisions.

The ALJs named in the class action were David Z. Nisenwitz, Michael Cofresi, Seymour Fier, Marilyn Hoppenfeld and Hazel Strauss. Class member whose claims were denied or who received a partially favorable decision from one of the five ALJs named above (between January 1, 2008, and the date the proposed settlement becomes final) will have the right to a new hearing and a new decision on their claim. The Social Security Administration must send notice to all potential class members by mail within 60 days following the finalized settlement agreement.

Thousands of disabled residents from Queens who were denied Social Security Disability benefits will likely have a chance to have their claims reheard. Although the settlement agreement has not yet been signed, a public hearing on the subject will be held on July 24, 2013. This "fairness hearing" is open to the public for comments to help determine whether the settlement is fair. As such, the Social Security Administration is in the middle of a mass mailing notifying individuals of the public hearing.

If your disability claim was denied after a hearing with one of the five Administrative Law Judges listed above, you may be eligible for another hearing. It's important to take the next step with the help of a knowledgeable advocate. Do what hundreds of thousands of people have done: Call Binder & Binder®, America's most successful disability advocates. Learn how they can assist with your hearing before an ALJ.

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