Elkins Park, Pennsylvania ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Elkins Park, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 16.0 months. The average case processing time in Elkins Park is 515 days.The Elkins Park average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 46%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Elkins Park ODAR office was last updated on 7/13/2015.

SSA, Elkins Park ODAR Office
8380 Old York Road, Suite 250
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027
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Phone: (866) 964-7369 -- Fax: (215) 887-0541
eFile Fax: (215) 887-9897 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Elkins Park 12 16.0 months 515 days 2.0 24% 46% 30%
Pennsylvania15.8 months493 days2.123%41%36%
National Average:14.3 months452 days2.118%43%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 16.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.00
Average Processing Time 515 days
Cases Pending 9698
Dispositions 4276
New Cases 4671
Hearings In Person 82%
Video Hearings 18%

Comments about Judges at the Elkins Park Pennsylvania ODAR office:

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Judge: James Garrett
Date Posted: 8/22/2015 11:04:04 PM
Submited By: CR.



In June I had my hearing with Judge James Garrett. He was very nice and straight to the point . I think that my hearing only lasted at lease 15 min. I was so very scared but he really didn't ask me any questions. My lawyer asked all the questions and before I knew it the Judge said Good Luck. I am still waiting on a decision I am so very scared. I am very sick and have been waiting for this day for 3 years. Please Judge Garrett I need an approval. Here it is 2 months later and I'm still waiting {sweating and stressing. I can't eat nor sleep Lord Help me

Judge: Craig De Bernardis
Date Posted: 7/24/2015 5:19:59 AM
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What is extremely interesting is the drastic change in this Judge's approval rate during the past one and a half to two years: from the high 70% or low 80% to, now, only 44%! WHY IS THAT??

Judge: Eric Schwarz
Date Posted: 4/20/2015 7:38:30 AM
Submited By: Mark Tucci



Honarable Judge E. Schwarz is a very fair judge. He allowed me time to seek the help of an attorney, however the lawyers that claim to work for a percentage of the payment, actually have fine print that you may incur other charges. That being said Judge Schwarz was very informative. He also helped me with the Vocational Expert, after she stated a particular job that may be in my wheel house, he questioned her by saying with Marks disability(s) is he able to perform this type of work and she stated that there was no notations for my disability and that I may or may not be able to. The judge did not try to play down any of my issues and asked me questions pertaining to those issues. He has decided to send me for an evaluation to compile more facts about my statements. I will respect his decision, as I wait with my fingers crossed. Judge Scwharz, I'm my opinion is extremely professional, I have nothing negative to say about the hearing and treatment by the judge. He treated me with dignity and respect.

Judge: Henry Oliver
Date Posted: 2/9/2015 5:01:34 AM
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For January 2015 88.92% of this Judge's approved decisions were based on a combination of medical experts' and vocational expert's findings and opinions.

Judge: Henry Oliver
Date Posted: 1/10/2015 5:41:59 AM
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For FY 2015 (thru December 23,2014) the percentages of this Judge's approved decisions based on medical experts' findings and opinions are: October 36.84%, November 58.62%, December 62.50%.

Judge: Henry Oliver
Date Posted: 12/27/2014 6:01:27 AM
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It is noteworthy that 62.50% of this Judge's December 2014 approved decisions are based on medical experts' findings and opinions!!

Judge: Henry Oliver
Date Posted: 12/15/2014 12:16:50 PM
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It is noteworthy that 58.62% of those approved decisons for the period are based on medical experts' findings and opinions!!

Judge: Paula Garrety
Date Posted: 4/23/2014 8:14:38 PM
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This judge failed to evaluate my record as a whole and give proper weight to my medical evidence. She is not a very nice judge, and does not believe claimant's. I had a attorney present, and he was a very good attorney with many years of experience.

Judge: Daniel L Rubini
Date Posted: 12/20/2013 8:57:08 PM
Submited By: Paul A. Feiner



Judge Rubini has served his country well. First, as an administrative law judge for the SSA, second as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army, retiring with the rank of colonel after serving in many active war zones. After retirement, he was recalled to active duty to serve on the staff of the Hon. Paul Bremer, United States High Commissioner for Iraq where served with distinction and high honors. Judge Rubini is an excellent lawyer and a man of integrity.

Judge: Jay Marku
Date Posted: 10/29/2013 7:04:47 AM
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Comes off as sarcastic, snarky. Conducts a quick hearing. You may get some questions in, but he'll tell you to wrap it up! I think he is fair though. I won't mind being in front of him again.

Judge: Suanne S Strauss
Date Posted: 5/28/2013 9:44:12 AM
Submited By: Marige O'Brien



Judge Strauss presided over my disability hearing on August 19, 2011 and ruled against me, despite 4 separate doctors attesting that I was and am disabled -- two of which were appointed by SSDI -- as well as her own court-appointed work-expert. All agreed I could not work. But one doctor, who was ignorant of my condition, submitted a highly biased report and, according to her decision, was the only doctor she believed. At least, she cited his report six times in her statement, never mentioning any others. What she did not know was that, prior to the hearing, I had asked my lawyer to submit a statement by me as evidence. I knew this doctor was prejudiced against me because I did not have health insurance. (I had read the report, myself.) As a result, his report was littered with inaccuracies and out-right lies. Several times he quoted me as saying things that were said TO me, but to which I had not even considered. Yet he presented them as my ideas. But, what I only found out AFTER the hearing was that my lawyer never submitted my statement. When I questioned him, his reason was that it was, "too long." Excuse me but, I understood that in any court hearing, evidence no matter the length must be considered. Yet, when I first sent it to him and asked if it was all right to submit it, he said it was, "fine." This implied to me that he would submit it. So I walked into that hearing thinking she had read my statement. This explains her remarks, many of which were, simply put, rude. But in all her comments, never once did she interview me about the doctor in question, not even to verify any of his comments. After my hearing, it took some time for me to understand the whole situation. Remember, I am disabled. In a 'nutshell' the doctor is God and no one questions them-- even when they are openly biased against someone. Not the judge, not other doctors and not even my own lawyer. My hearing was a farce. While Judge Strauss was permitted to base 90% of her decision on one report from one, ignorant doctor (and, really, with the internet available to everyone, this in itself, shows gross negligence), she did so with prejudice since the examination from which this report resulted was never discussed in the hearing. Never once was I allowed to comment on it, so that my comments were never allowed into the record. Since the entire purpose of a hearing is to reveal all information relevant to a case and this was not even attempted, nor achieved, the decision and the hearing were based primarily on prejudice rather than evidence. Since that time, I have suffered greatly, both medically and financially, as a direct result of this judgement.

Judge: Deborah Mande
Date Posted: 3/8/2013 7:49:16 PM
Submited By: Paul



Judge Deborah Mande listened very carefully to my case, She made me feel very comfortable in a stressful situation, and I believe, followed the law. I did prevail, so am a little biased, but she was fair,observant and professional.

Judge: Daniel L Rubini
Date Posted: 3/5/2013 12:14:29 PM
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the worst, most biased judge in the history of the disability system. This man makes up WHATEVER reasoning he wants, ignores every and/or any aspect of medical evidence, ignores objective finddings and might as well be sleeping through testimony. He is an embarrassment to the disability process.

Judge: Craig De Bernardis
Date Posted: 2/21/2013 10:24:31 PM
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This man sounds sympathetic and understanding, why oh why couldnt I have gotten him? If you have medical reports that back you up there should be no reason to be denied. Since when do these judges has licenses to practice medicine?

Judge: Suanne S Strauss
Date Posted: 2/20/2013 10:03:45 AM
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I have appeared before this ALJ many times. She knows the claimant's file and lets you present your case. I find her to be very reasonable and smart.

Judge: Deborah Mande
Date Posted: 2/15/2013 12:00:18 PM
Submited By: melyssa ford



I feel bad for anyone who gets deborah mande for a ssi case. She's heartless and could care less about you or your disability!

Judge: Gerald J Spitz
Date Posted: 2/5/2013 2:05:05 PM
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Reply to: Judge: Gerald J Spitz Date Posted: 2/5/2013 1:40:35 PM Submited By: Interesting your husband was honest and was called an alcoholic, yet at my hearing the Vocational Expert had her face plastered all over mugshots dot com for multiple DUI's with property damage and the judge (not the same as yours) called them credible.

Judge: Gerald J Spitz
Date Posted: 2/5/2013 1:40:35 PM
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My husband suffers from a mental disability which met ALL THE DISABILITY REQUIRMENTS. He told my husband "you are a gross exaggeration of melodramatics". He called him an alcoholic (because my husband told the truth and said he occassionally drank wine),and a drug addict (because my husband told the truth again that he tried marijuana as a teenager) in spite of representing a clean drug test time and time again which my husband voluntarily submitted to prove the judge wrong! My husband has never been a drug addict or alcoholic! So, never ever ever admit to drinking an occassional glass of wine or being a "normal" teenager back in the 60's. You will be DOOMED! My husband did manage to finally obtain disability benefits from 2001-2004 and guess who terminated those benefits after finding out that my husband won his benefits - yes, the "out of touch with reality" Judge Spitz. AND we are paying the money back to the SSA, all $40,000! We lost our house of 21 years and we are in ouR late 50's. HE RUINED OUR LIFE - REALLY!

Judge: Craig De Bernardis
Date Posted: 9/10/2012 7:38:31 PM
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Can somebody explain to me how 1 judge can have a 71% approval rate and another judge has a 24% approval rate? Is one judge being more sympathetic than the other? I really don't understand the huge difference. Look at some of the approval rates and denial rates across the board. Makes NO sense to me!

Judge: Paula Garrety
Date Posted: 8/18/2012 9:35:49 AM
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What do you call Social Security Disability? The Hispanic Lottery. Case Denied.

Judge: Suanne S Strauss
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 11:14:20 AM
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UNQUALIFIED > WHAT GOVENOR APPOINTED THIS IDIOT WITH HER BIG FAT SALARY SHE SHOULD NEVER BE RE APPOINTED.

Judge: Suanne S Strauss
Date Posted: 4/28/2012 9:29:21 AM
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Judge: Joseph Davidson
Date Posted: 4/28/2012 9:28:21 AM
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Judge: Paula Garrety
Date Posted: 4/28/2012 9:25:56 AM
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This is an intellegent judge. She tends to disbelieve claimants. She appears tougher than she is. If your client has a good and diligent work history, you will be successful.

Judge: Anne W Chain
Date Posted: 3/16/2012 7:58:57 PM
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