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 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Elkins Park is 425 days.The Elkins Park average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 51%. 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 3/10/2014.

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 14.0 months 425 days 2.0 22% 51% 27%
Pennsylvania13.0 months415 days2.125%40%35%
National Average:11.7 months389 days1.919%44%37%
Hearing Wait Time: 14.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.01
Average Processing Time 425 days
Cases Pending 8489
Dispositions 2093
New Cases 2917
Hearings In Person 83%
Video Hearings 17%

Comments about Judges at the Elkins Park Pennsylvania ODAR office:

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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: 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.