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Check out Faye Cohen’s post to her blog Toughlawyerlady!


There is currently a war being waged in the media by various elements of our society, and some institutions, against people who are poor, disabled, and often elderly. These people are often portrayed as liars, laggards, and frauds. One of the agencies under attack is the Social Security Administration, particularly because it awards disability benefits. Not only are the recipients of these benefits under attack, but the administrative law judges who grant benefits if the recipients have been denied at an earlier stage have also come under attack, primarily from third parties. In response to this attack, the Social Security Administration is clamping down on judges, who are perceived as being too liberal and too generous in awarding benefits. The reality is the reverse, for the most part. It is not easy to be awarded disability benefits, and there has to be some strong medical evidence supporting these claims.


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