Philadelphia, PA asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania

Q: What is one's legal right when a local Social Security Office refuses to adhere to the SSA Act Guidelines

My SSA local office made a decision in the SSA Electronic Records on my Appeal, however, refuses to issue a written Decision Letter to me in adherence to the SSA Act. Of course, that letter is mandatory to enable me to proceed to the next Appeal Level, i.e. the Administrative Law Judge. The system shows the Appeal was reviewed and a determination was made, and the file was marked "Completed". However, no completion date was indicated, nor does it show that a Decision Letter was mailed to me. I had to file two Appeals, the initial was hand delivered on May 23, 2022, which they claimed they did not receive, therefore, I filed an Online Appeal on June 9,2022. My due process rights are being violated and I am being discriminated against, as I am not being treated in adherence to the SSA Act Guidelines. What can I do to protect my rights in reference to SSA entitlement benefits after I filed SSA Form 1724-F4 for substantial lump sum funds owed to my deceased daughter before her death?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: If you believe that your local Social Security Office is not adhering to the SSA Act Guidelines, you can file a complaint with the Social Security Administration. You can also contact your local congressperson or senator for assistance in resolving the issue.

It is important to note that the appeals process for Social Security Disability can be complex and time-consuming. It may be helpful to seek the assistance of a disability lawyer or advocate who can guide you through the process and protect your rights.

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