Charleston Wv, West Virginia ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Charleston Wv, West Virginia, 12 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Charleston Wv, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 15.0 months. The average case processing time in Charleston Wv is 491 days.The Charleston Wv average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 47%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Charleston Wv ODAR office was last updated on 9/18/2014.

SSA, Charleston Wv ODAR Office
500 Quarrier Street, Suite 100
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
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Phone: (888) 527-9325 -- Fax: (304) 344-3359
eFile Fax: (304) 347-5235 (For sending evidence)

OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Charleston Wv 12 15.0 months 491 days 2.2 14% 47% 39%
West Virginia15.0 months478 days2.115%41%44%
National Average:12.5 months405 days2.018%44%38%
Hearing Wait Time: 15.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ 2.22
Average Processing Time 491 days
Cases Pending 4970
Dispositions 4261
New Cases 844
Hearings In Person 36%
Video Hearings 64%

Comments about Judges at the Charleston Wv West Virginia ODAR office:

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Judge: Michelle Wolfe
Date Posted: 10/21/2014 8:49:06 AM
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Michelle wolf should be investigated to see if she gets paid to deny real people with real disabilities. I had my hearing with her mind you i am already 100 percent total and permanent form the military. She refused to look at all the evidence. She even dismissed social security's own doctors who evaluated me and the voc rehab lady who said i could do no work. I feel since i get va compensation she was biased against me in the first place in hearing for 2 hours she did not ask much questions. How can a judge not take into consideration their own evaluators? plus 900 pages of medical notes. someone should question why she has a 17% percent approval rate the lowest rating for ssa judges in the entire country. does she think everyone is trying to screw the system? we are all not lying burdens on society. we have real medical and psychological problems. The docs says low tress and no interaction with people so how can i work? docs say must be able to take breaks when needed and may miss up to 4 days of work a week even voc rehab lady said part time sedentary work copy machine operator really? claims jobs open for this in pa 425 where i checked unemployment and Google jobs none in this job description. She refused any rebuttal and request for information from my attorneys.... her words were i dont have too give it to you....she picked what she wanted out of my records and twisted it around and claimed i had not gone to docs in 3 years but i have my records to prove otherwise....have to file appeal to council and file complaint against her with ssa.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
Date Posted: 10/15/2014 10:46:32 AM
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Because Michelle Wolfe IGNORES medical evidence I have been penniless for 4 years, and now have no medical coverage because my 66 year old husband lost his job and my health insurance. As an UNPAID disabled American I can not afford Obama Care, and slip through the cracks and do not qualify for medicaid. Does Michelle Wolfe go to work with a tumor in her leg? Does she have 2 plates in her neck and require more surgery? Does she have psoriatic arthritis and an allergy to anti-inflammatories? Does she live with chronic pain and wear a fentanyl patch? Does she have medical coverage, and can she get the medical attention she needs? A very calloused individual would ignore scientific proof and facts just to keep her denial numbers high. An unfair, unjust person. Another corrupt judge in Luzerne County. How does she sleep at night?

Judge: Valerie A Bawolek
Date Posted: 9/17/2014 9:55:58 AM
Submited By: christie m. cregger



I really to have my hearing moved up right now I am not even scheduled because you are booked through November. My family is really struggling because my husband had to take a lower paying job. Which is keeping me more stressed which means more migraines & my depression even worse. All I am asking to please move my case up before November it would help take a lot of stress off of my husband, my self & even my kids.I would greatly appreciate it. If I was able to work I would I loved working. But I can't, & right now we can't make it on my husband' s income & he is looking for a second job. So we r trying.

Judge: Jerry Meade
Date Posted: 9/7/2014 9:23:14 PM
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I have to say when I read previous comments about Judge Meade it increased my anxiety before my hearing. I am a nurse of 30 years and was forced out of my profession due to my health issues. I had always been taught to make your own way in life and that no one owed you anything. This made it very hard for me to give in to my health issues and apply for disability. However, it got to the point where I no longer had a choice. Judge Meade made my experience with this humiliating process as easy as he could. He treated me with dignity and respect. I will forever be grateful to him and pray that God gives him the insight he needs to make these life altering decisions for others in the future.

Judge: Jason R Yoder
Date Posted: 8/22/2014 7:39:21 PM
Submited By: ashley



He was a very nice judge. Asked a lot of good questions and helped me not be so nervous :) haven't heard anything yet

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
Date Posted: 8/8/2014 12:39:55 AM
Submited By: SSA Victim



Does not review medical records or diagnostic tests. On 3 instances in Mr. Hess's denial, he stated for each impairment, there were no medical records, findings or lab results backing claimants impairment thus the claimant is not credible. Yet, within the records, even the ones Mr. Hess had ( copies submitted to me by SSA ), there were a multitude of medical records, imaging, labs and Doctors statements..How crooked is the system? My attorney informed me the judge made an error of findings and we appealed to the review council . The review council wouldnt even review the "proof of error", these crooks, blatantly sent it back siding with the judge?? My attorney stated they were wrong but also stated that It's the government, if they tell you the sky is brown, you best believe it is brown. He said cases before Judges are a toss of a coin. How true it seems!

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
Date Posted: 6/23/2014 6:43:21 PM
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keep up the good work judge there are way to many people sucking on system To the person who took the time to post the above statement. Without knowing any facts or the people suffering because of ignorant underhanded wrong decisions some of these ALJ's make. For you to make a blanket statement like that shows what a vile disgusting person you must be. Karma really is a powerful thing.

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
Date Posted: 4/15/2014 2:02:17 PM
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Do not like judge sartor. She just looks at the social security dr findings too much. She had me nervous and upset for the get go. I believe she already had her mind made up when I went to the hearing. A lot of things can come up from the time u see their dr and the hearing. In my denial letter is looks like I am completely lying abt all of my problems. I am not making up migraines bc it is no fun getting botex shots all over my head.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
Date Posted: 2/25/2014 11:02:11 PM
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keep up the good work judge there are way to many people sucking on system

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 4:35:19 PM
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She just denied my case. Her decision will have me homeless within a few months. I am on my own, I have no wife or any kind of safety net to help pay the bills while I fight to get what essentially is my own money back so I can survive. I am a 52 yr old man that has been working since high school. I can't afford medical nor do I qualify for Medicaid because I have more than 250.00 in my bank account..Not much more... I dont have the money to seek proper medical attention and that is something being used against me in my case.. In her decision she stated my doctor says my condition doesn't require any medication. I guess the fact he prescribed a new medicine recently along with the meds he has been prescribing for the past 4 yrs doesn't count ...Judge Wolfe should be ashamed of herself. One consolation is that Karma is a powerful thing.

Judge: Jason R Yoder
Date Posted: 2/7/2014 12:53:43 PM
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Not happy at all...not fair at all. Hope he can sleep at night's my family sure can't.

Judge: James J Kent
Date Posted: 12/16/2013 5:20:24 PM
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I received my decision. I feel after reading it that he gave greater weight to the Social Security evaluation doctor than to my own doctor who sees me regularly. I have researched online and this alone seems to be the number 1 factor in getting the council to remand this back to the ALJ for another decision. Judge Kent does contradict himself a few times in my report. He also states that I stated something which I know I did not and never would have. I even had documentation on me that day which he never requested to view which would have also shown that I did not state what he says I stated to him. he also has provided me with a sex change several times in his decision, by referring to me as "her" on numerous occasions in my report. I have never been a her, never wanted to try to become a her either. I am not sure why he feels I need to become one or that I am one. He did not take into consideration that my condition is one in which it becomes worse over time hence degenerative.

Judge: James J Kent
Date Posted: 12/4/2013 5:19:30 PM
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Not sure what to think of this guy. prior to my hearing I was informed by my attorney that this judge has a very high approval rate. during my hearing I felt intimidated. After my hearing my attorney tells me she can not see how I could not have won just wait for the decision to come in the mail. Still waiting. I do not have the same level of confidence. Because I am not sure how to feel about this hearing as of yet since I do not have the decision, I am going to rate right down the middle and give him the benefit of the doubt.

Judge: Stanley Petraschuk
Date Posted: 10/7/2013 11:20:17 PM
Submited By: JERRY



A FAIR JUDGE AND SEEMS TO CARE seen in late Sept. and received decision in end of Aug.

Judge: Thomas W Springer
Date Posted: 9/23/2013 1:04:53 PM
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Very fair man. Open minded to hearing all the facts before ruling.

Judge: Jason R Yoder
Date Posted: 9/15/2013 1:11:32 PM
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I was before this judge. It was not in wv tho. He seemed very nice and concerned. Still waiting on decision.

Judge: Irma J Flottman
Date Posted: 8/9/2013 5:54:15 PM
Submited By: hopeful



i have a hearing if front of her seems like shes a fair judge from stats anyone had a case with her please let me know what to do scared to death i hope to win have many illness truely cant work

Judge: John W Rolph
Date Posted: 6/18/2013 9:40:17 AM
Submited By: Adam Boklage



I'm an attorney who only practices Social Security disability law, and who routinely appears before judges from seven different ODARs (Portland, Eugene, Tacoma, Seattle, Spokane, Boise and Las Vegas - a total of 67 ALJs), and on occasion at virtually every ODAR across the country. I have seen it all, from wack-job judges who are truly insane -- pity anyone from Moreno Valley, CA or Billings, MT -- to judges on some sort of an agenda to deny (or approve!) as many people as possible. I can say without hesitation that Chief Judge Rolph is one of the most courteous, professional, thoughtful and genuinely compassionate judges that I have encountered. This is NOT the same thing as a high allowance rate. He only pays about 50/50, which means that he is denying a lot of cases who probably should be approved. However, I truly believe you get a fair shot with him. While he may not approve every claim, my experience is that he treats every claimant with respect as a human being. As bad as it is to have your claim denied, it is incredible how many judges insist on belittling people and treating them like crap. Judge Rolph never does this. The only time I have ever seen him lose patience, and even then it was slight, was when a claimant insisted on lying to him (and me) about current drug and alcohol use, was deceitful and very dishonest. Anyone who does that deserves a lot worse. Bottom line: I would love to win every one of my cases, but I would be more than happy if every one of my clients were assigned to Judge Rolph.

Judge: Jason R Yoder
Date Posted: 6/17/2013 7:03:17 PM
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I did not recieve anything yet.He seemed like fair man.

Judge: Jerry Meade
Date Posted: 4/10/2013 5:57:28 AM
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I recently went before Judge Meade, Well actually it was video conference, And I recieved an unfavorable decision. The reason why is because he said I exaggerated about my disability which is Aspergers Syndrome a form of Autism. I didn't lie about anything I was under oath, Even if I hadn't of been under oath I wouldn't of lied. He also said that my therapist who helped me wasn't credible and that's not true. He also said I was obese and needed to lose weight, And i'm not. I've been to several law judges and I've never had any of them say such mean hurtful things to me and about me. I feel sorry for anyone who has to go in front of him.

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
Date Posted: 2/23/2013 9:37:06 PM
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Judge Hess was very respectable, approved my case, and allowed me to testify about my medical condtions in a professional manner. Thank you Judge Hess Sir, you are highly respected, and appreciated!

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
Date Posted: 2/21/2013 10:04:47 PM
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VERY BAD JUDGES

Judge: Rebecca B Sartor
Date Posted: 2/21/2013 9:55:48 PM
Submited By: DEBBIE HARRIS



JUDGE SARTOR IS A VERY UNFAIR PERSON SHE HAS A SERIOUS CRAZYNESS ABOUT HER WHICH NEED TO BE INSPECTED BY THE INSPECTOR OFFICE

Judge: Jerry Meade
Date Posted: 2/15/2013 7:24:01 PM
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This "Judge" was an inexperienced attorney in private practice and has no prior experience as a judge. Furthermore, he is very arrogant and only cares about getting the cases out the door!

Judge: Irma J Flottman
Date Posted: 2/12/2013 12:26:27 PM
Submited By: VTP



Pretty nice judge starts with the questions and allows attorney for follow up but she is so thorough very little questions left to ask

Judge: Susan L Torres
Date Posted: 1/29/2013 11:00:06 AM
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Fair, reasonable, lets Attorney do most of the questioning. Requests opening argument. Pleasure being before her.

Judge: Michelle Wolfe
Date Posted: 1/10/2013 3:02:43 PM
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Irksome problem with her is that she schedules hearings close together, and then falls way behind over the course of the day. It's not unusual to have your hearing heard 2 hours late. If her decisions were good, it would be tolerable, but she denies many cases that should be awarded.

Judge: Sr. Buel
Date Posted: 12/26/2012 4:59:00 AM
Submited By: Jane



A good man who really seems to care about doing the right thing and being fair.

Judge: Susan L Torres
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 9:20:42 AM
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Awesome judge! She righted the wrongs of two terrible judges.

Judge: Thaddeus J Hess
Date Posted: 11/25/2012 5:12:07 PM
Submited By: Robert



This judge is a joke. You have many medical experts oppinions backing your claim, "but" because he doesnt like the answers, he gives them no merit or weight! He is a judge, not a doctor, but he feels the need to, in so many words, say, "your doctor doesnt know what he/she is talking about". He doesnt review all medical records. ONE, example of MANY inconsistencies from Him ( he wants to point out inconsistencies of the claimant, lets point fingers at him! Had A CT scan showing, cirrhosis, enlarged spleen, Gal stones. His words "claimant states he has enlarged spleen but no medical record proving such" ( realy? who is inconsistent now?) Diagnosed with Agorapbobia, social phobia, bi polar, fear of being around people. The judge seems to believe, if you have such phobia, surely this would be observed and a problem being around people in a venue setting such as an "emergency room" REALLY? So if someone has agoraphobia or social phobia, this would prevent them from doing something thats not an option. Medical Emergency, hospital, Emergency room ? this isnt dinner, its a MUST.

Judge: Sr. Buel
Date Posted: 11/20/2012 4:54:21 PM
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great judge knows the money aint coming out of his pocket

Judge: James J Kent
Date Posted: 10/9/2012 6:58:52 PM
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this judge comes off as a nice person but he really isn't. my case was denied because he didn't pay attention to my medical files and i was denied. if you get this judge dont be fooled..

Judge: Jack Penca
Date Posted: 9/25/2012 9:08:46 PM
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This judge needs more training in social security cases, one week is not long enough

Judge: Jack Penca
Date Posted: 9/25/2012 12:36:49 PM
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my bad

Judge: Jack Penca
Date Posted: 9/20/2012 11:59:29 AM
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how the **** can this judge get my case and make a decission when i had another judge that left. its bull

Judge: Sr. Buel
Date Posted: 8/16/2012 12:31:08 PM
Submited By: Rhonda



This judge treated my husband with respect and dignity. I appreciate his fairness and understanding of his medical condition.

Judge: Jerry Meade
Date Posted: 7/31/2012 8:33:06 AM
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In my case DLJ Jerry Meade erred no less than 23 times. He also commited two cases of reversable error in my case. When my legal counsel filed a notice of appeal and a lengthy legal brief, I began to notice that there were spy cars watching me. They would follow me to appointments with treating professionals. On one occasion they were going through my garbage and became agitated when confronted. They flashed an unusual badge. The US Marshall's office confirmed that they were FBI. I suppose that when the collage of mistakes made by ALJ Jerry Meade hit his superiors in Falls Church, VA he became upset. I have asked for the appeal to be dismissed. I hope that this will end the lengthy harrasment from the henchmen of ALJ JErry Meade.

Judge: Jerry Meade
Date Posted: 7/2/2012 3:41:54 PM
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they all just think everone who applies for ssi/ssd is trying to get something for nothing. in some cases yea that may be true but theres alot of people who really cant work and deserve help. whats funny is seems like the people who really dont deserve always gets approved with no problem

Judge: Jerry Meade
Date Posted: 6/20/2012 8:14:58 PM
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in my opendion this man is to young to be making decision that effect one person life that has live at least 15 years longer than he. he looks to be the type of judge that has a mind set before the hearing. in my case his major reason for turning me down was i had never worked and paid in taxes, which i have not paid in taxes because i worked in a family business from the age of 18 till 45 and then we went out of business. i did work but it was not consider work because i didn't pay in self employed taxes, because i never believe our business would close, i am now 51 and have to depend on other family members for support. he also stated that i could sometimes crawl, snoop and other things that were uncalled for. i hope he never has to live with the illnesses i live with and suffer like i. i'm glad he can live with making desisions that totally affect other peoples lives and that he prays every night for guidness and forgivness for hurting more than he helps. god bless him. one more thing i always though, ssi as for people that had not paid in enough taxes to get social security.

Judge: Jerry Meade
Date Posted: 5/11/2012 3:28:37 PM
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This man may be a good man.. I can't say nothing bad about him cause he gave me and unfavorable decision.. but I do want to ask a question... how can one man look at so called paperwork and see a client for a few minutes and then make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives... I will pray for these people cause I see that they do have a hard job in front of them but it just awes me to see how the system is so messed up when some you know get approved and some have been fighting for years. so I guess I will wait and see what goes.. as for me GOD will provide and I pray he has his hand upon these men that makes decisions.. cause one day they will have to stand before someone mightier than then...

Judge: Jerry Meade
Date Posted: 3/21/2012 9:40:26 PM
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He is a hatchet man who denies as many cases as possible on minor technicalities.