2.1 based on 7 reviews

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  1. Amanda says:

    This ALJ has made my life a living nightmare. I have severe Pseudotumor Cerebri with vision loss and severe chronic pain, an age accelerated spinal degenerative disease, and a heart arrhythmia that I’ve been told is dangerous to me at this time until I can get it treated.

    I’ve been appealing my case WITH a lawyer for over 5 years now. I wasn’t surprised when I was denied the first time, given my age (now 28). She took less than 30 days to issue a decision the first time, and despite having over 1,000 pages of medical history, treatment failures, medical opinions, and diagnoses, it was decided that I don’t qualify and don’t need help.

    So, come nearly 3 years later for the second time around. Not only do I have MORE medical proof, I have written letters from several of my doctors on how I am unable to work, unsafe to drive, and need specialized medical treatment, seeing as how most available ones have failed.
    She took 90 days this time to say the exact same thing. A big fat NO.
    My heart problem isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. My vision isn’t getting better, I’m losing more of it! My pain isn’t getting better, it’s getting WORSE and making even basic care functions hard to perform.

    This judge isn’t acting on whether or not a person NEEDS assistance, as she’s supposed to do. She’s making judgements based on how long you could possibly stay supported in the system if she approves you now. Because I am young, even though I am facing serious damaging medical issues, she has decided that I merely need to buck up and deal with it alone.
    I’ve been told by legal teams that this judge could have 2 of the exact same case, but deny one and approve the other without any reasoning whatsoever.
    I’ve also been told that I should never have been denied the first time.

    I pray someone stops this judge before she causes irreparable damage to someone. I’m lucky that I have my family to support me through dark times like this, or I don’t know what I’d do…

  2. Marsha says:

    Shes not even my judge but how can you think a person with this record is fair. May her grandchildren get a judge just like her.

  3. Michael Carver says:

    Former Orange, CA, ALJ Susanne Cichanowicz is not only incompetent in both legal and medical, but is also a despicable, patronizing bitch. The “C” word comes to mind. By having this evil person touching disability claims, SSA fails its duty to provide competent administrative law judges and provide fair hearings.
    I find the SSA to be filled with despicable, incompetent, lying clowns, notably including the Appeals Office in Virginia who falsely and fraudulently represent they review cases under appeal. In my case there was NO REVIEW, they just lied and said they reviewed it. They twice lied to me on two purported reviews. Most SSA customer service people on the phone are generally rude and callous and will generally evade responding to legitimate questions, and will hang up in your face. Not all but MOST. No wonder American people have contempt for government workers who collect a paycheck and benefits but refuse to provide proper service, even actively obstructing the process. How disgusting to be traumatized by the bad faith refusal of SSA to follow the law.

  4. Michael Carver says:

    To further prove their incompetence, the SSA above purports that ALJ Susanne Cichanowicz was in the Dallas North ODAR office in 2018, even though the information shows she was in the Orange, California office. I pity anyone who has to go thru the disability claim process with the incompetent, evil clowns at SSA and their whore doctors. If you don’t already have anger and depression, you probably will have before you are done.
    There needs to liability for punitive damages against SSA for fraud, bad faith oppression, oppression, and the intentional disregard of the laws.

  5. Michael Carver says:

    Former ALJ Susanne Cichanowicz is not only incompetent in both legal and medical, but also a despicable bitch. The “C” word comes to mind. By having this evil person touching disability claims, SSA fails its duty to provide competent administrative law judges.
    I find the SSA to be filled with despicable, incompetent, lying clowns, notably including the Appeals Office in Virginia who falsely and fraudulently represent they review cases under appeal. In my case there was NO REVIEW, they just lied and said they reviewed it. They twice lied to me on two supposed reviews. Most SSA customer service people on the phone are generally rude and callous and will generally evade responding to legitimate questions, and will hang up in your face. Not all but MOST. No wonder American people have contempt for government workers who collect a paycheck and benefits but refuse to provide proper service, even actively obstructing the process. How disgusting to be traumatized by the bad faith refusal of SSA to follow the law.

  6. Michael Carver says:

    I forgot to provide my one star rating. As we all know, one star effectively means no stars as it is the lowest rating possible. This woman demonstrated she is incompetent and even reckless and is either unaware of basic concepts of law and procedure, or simply disregards them. From bitter personal experience, I find her to have acted in bad faith. This case demonstrates to me that SSA should be liable for punitive damages when warranted. At the very least, she violated my rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, with impunity. At present, there is no downside to SSA having a monster to rule on disability cases.

  7. Michael Carver says:

    ALJ Susanne Cichanowicz conducted my ODAR hearing on 11-6-18 in Orange, CA. My research showed her recent transfer to SSA disability from government employment in “Transportation”.
    I found this ALJ to be lacking in competence in both legal and medical. Undeterred, she showed u[p anyway to collect a paycheck and made sure that her approval rate was very low. This page shows her approval rate of 22 percent.
    In my case she denied basic due process, ignored relevant law, ignored or downgraded material evidence, and used meritless arguments in the effort to justify her decision of denial that lacked substantial justification. After my attorney suddenly dropped out of representation just three business days before the hearing, I was surprised unprepared, and not competent to represent myself. My attorney failed to provide me with my file and I attended the hearing only with a note pad and a pen and was experiencing a severe stress episode. This ALJ refused a continuance and proceeded to railroad me. The Vocational Expert testified twice that there was no employment open to me, but this conclusive evidence was absent from the Decision which proposed I should be a kitchen helper, laundry helper, or industrial cleaner. She ignored my recent thumb injury, my severe stomach injuries from gunshot trauma, my susceptibility from hernias and multiple serious health conditions. She used RFC assessments from govt. doctors I had never heard of to basically override my many treating physicians. The two RFC forms were never disclosed to me until after my claim was denied and I received the discs for my appeal. I recently heard from the ODAR office she is no longer employed there. By employing this person, SSA failed in its mandatory duty to provide competent persons to adjudicate claims. Good riddance.

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