Nhc St Louis, Missouri ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Nhc St Louis, Missouri, 26 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Nhc St Louis, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 22.0 months. The average case processing time in Nhc St Louis is 723 days.The Nhc St Louis average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 42%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Nhc St Louis ODAR office was last updated on 3/10/2017.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Average
Processing Time
Dispositions
Per Day Per ALJ
Cases
Dismissed
Cases
Approved
Cases
Denied
Nhc St Louis 26 22.0 months 723 days 0.0 21% 42% 37%
Missouri18.3 months592 days1.424%38%38%
National Average:17.3 months559 days1.821%45%34%
AVERAGE TIME
Hearing Wait Time: 22.00 months
Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ
Average Processing Time 723 days
Cases Pending 5240
Dispositions 2321
New Cases 4003
Hearings In Person 0%
Video Hearings 100%

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JoshQ
Judge: Tammy Georgian
6/20/2017 1:24:13 PM



Finally I got a overturned decision by this horrible judge. I suffer from PTSD and have a lower left foot amputation. She deemed that I could work long I did not stand or sit for linger than hour of and on through a 8 hour shift. Moreover; se stated that my Veteran Affairs doctors was lying about the severity of my conditions. She stated that because the veterans affairs doctors was a separate division and those doctors cared no weight when it come to a Residential Function Capacity nor could the evaluate my daily living. I am a 100% Permanent and Total Disabled War Veteran. Here's the kicker Voc. Rehab guy went along with her. Following the hearing he congratulated me of my service and stated that he was in the Bay Of Pigs campaign. I was so angry I became tearful. Judge Tammy Georgian, question all of my military health record's even though 5 different Dr.'s state disability's. She diagnosed me herself as norsicistic and now I am even more suicidal. She need to be disbarred

Mike
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
6/3/2017 8:01:05 AM



Valencia Jarvis entirely ignored social security's own physicians as well as my medical history. In her decision she wrote, "I think this person can work". I have an amputated right leg and other ongoing health issues. What more do you need to be disabled in her judgement? Consistent with her track record, she ignored the facts and ignored the law. I do not know how the federal government is still employing this ***** woman in a position of responsibility.

Benny Greene
Judge: Michael J Davenport
3/13/2017 9:08:54 PM



Can you reschedule my hearing. I will need to come alone again . An attorney did not meet with me. I was told by the social security office that an attorney would do that. I have no representation. Can you reschedule my hearing ? Benny Lee Greene 423-268-0946

scott
Judge: Whitfield Haigler
2/16/2017 1:01:26 AM



i just went in front of this judge. he was respectful and not mean. i wont get a decision for a while my attorney says but at least this judge made me comfortorable.


Judge: George W Merchant
1/11/2017 4:58:13 PM



Judge Merchant is kind, precise, and well prepared. He takes his position serious with an understanding heart. Please don't make your decision of him off of reading comments. I'm grateful for my outcome but even if his decision was unfavorable I would still give five stars just off the respect he showed me and his caring demeanor.

William riley
Judge: Koren Mueller
1/2/2017 3:39:31 PM



She very fair


Judge: Koren Mueller
12/30/2016 4:36:01 PM



I am writing this to all who give judges 5 stars before they hear results and also to the nature of the disability system in MO which is legitimately corrupt. I believe judges should be fair and reasonable and LISTEN to the medical reasons for a disability as well as examine Dr. records. Some judges will do this and still reject your claim. Others will be rude and talk over your comments and ignore everything you say just to deny you. This is wrong and these judges need to be removed from the bench. The press should have revealed this long ago. From my understanding, the system uses the monies for disability claims to also pay the judges and then give them a bonus if they deny claims more than approve if there is money left over. This is highly questionable and unfair. I believe the entire system needs to be setup again properly with good judges and a fair payment to them for service not from the funds of the afflicted. I hope Governor-Elect Eric Greitens can clean up and drain prejudicial and unfair swamp soon! St. Louis and MO is in dire need of a major change in our judicial system to make it fair and equitable for real hurting disabled individuals and not give out awards for skin color or any other reason.

Mike Swanson
Judge: James B Griffith
12/16/2016 11:11:41 AM



James Griffith -- Arrogant, Condescending, Unprofessional. Incompetent and Disrespectful Federal Employee. Bully. I had surgery on my gonads as a result of a motorcycle accident and James Griffith really seemed to dwell on that, asking way too many questions about my penis. It made me very uncomfortable. It was totally unrelated to my disability claim, so I do not understand why he would engage in this line of questioning. He seems to hate military veterans. Maybe it's because deep down inside, he knows that he was too much of a wimp to join up himself.

Vickie Hutto
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
12/7/2016 8:50:40 AM



Hi, I would like to say that I consider Judge Alexander to be a fair Judge. He asked detailed questions and actually listened to what I had to say. I thank him for approving my case. My only problem is that now that I'm approved, why is it taking so long to get the process started. I have been waiting over 2 1/2 years. My lawyer, Deborah Grossman, has expedited my case and we still have no results. I have lost everything I have waiting. I am single and have no one to help me. My mom has been doing her best but she only gets 969.00 a month in SS. She can no longer help. I can't afford to go see my doctor or the specialists. I can't afford to get my medication. I am in so much pain. I need to see my ENT because I'm afraid the cancer is back in my mouth , I have been suspecting it for about 6 months.

Kevin Fitz
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
11/17/2016 12:44:05 PM



Unfortunately I had judge Jarvis in 2013 she is a racist she is the worst judge she twist the facts I had a heart attack one month after on Christmas I have a 4 centimeter embolism in my heart in my aorta she is a racist she has a percent of less than 17% if you're not white you will not pass the worst judge she needs to be disbarred when I was at her hearing it was a black man before me don't know his condition or anything he was in for 5 to 10 minutes I was drill 45 minutes to an hour she Twisted the facts you didn't listen to anything she has to have there has to be checks and balances why are her numbers 1/3 less than the next lowest person less than 17% approval she is a racist she does not need to be on there and when I do go to my next hearing I am going to formally complain whether I win or lose it doesn't matter I'm going to die in a year anyway okay so anybody that has Judge Jarvis you will lose you wasted your time and money Security is a right not a privilege I paid over $160,000 met the top of the top and I get turned down I lost 3 years now I had to go back now I have to go again to a different one they need to fire her ass please pass on this information my family daughter daughters friends are going to expose her on all social media ask anybody that reads this and the other ones before me to do the same she needs to be fired or possibly even thrown in jail because she's actually killing people by denying them the right it makes no sense to pay into Social Security as a right and she has her own agenda she is a racist they need to fire her and throw her in jail Kevin fits said so

Praying Fully Favorable
Judge: Thomas Auble
11/2/2016 6:13:48 AM



Fair judge, showed compassion even wished me luck! I have not received his decision yet but I'm giving him 5 stars based on the respect he showed at the hearing!


Judge: Ben Barnett
10/11/2016 9:10:36 AM



I Judge Ben Barnett to be a very patient and understanding Judge. He will ask for both an opening and closing statement. As well as ask 75% of the questions. Judge Barnett will give the representative a chance to ask claimant questions before questioning the VE. I found Judge Ben Barnett to be quite fair, as he followed all of the SSA guidelines.

Grateful
Judge: Patrick S Cutter
10/6/2016 6:25:30 PM



I've suffered from anxiety, panic disorder, depression and OCD for 22 years. Even with all of the medical evidence from my psychiatrist and 6 different psychologists/therapists I felt that I would lose my SSD case because I have the "invisible illness". I didn't expect to win but I was pleasantly surprised that Judge Cutter ruled in my favor. My case was very complex and I even had to fire my lawyer, but Judge Cutter looked solely at the medical evidence and made the correct decision. I'd like to thank him for helping me to get the help that I've needed for a very long time. Without his ruling I would have been in a terrible financial and mental state. At least I can fully concentrate on getting my mental health to where it should be for the sake of my wife and family. My life will never be as it was prior to 1993, but thanks to Judge Cutter I can focus on the future. Again, I thank him for ruling in my favor. He was very fair, helpful and professional. I'll do my very best to put my life back together. Best wishes to Judge Cutter.

April
Judge: Timothy J Christensen
9/30/2016 6:11:20 PM



Judge chrisensen was such a nice, caring man. He truly cared about what I was going through. He was kind and patient. The VE (I can't remeber her name) was also very sweet. I am so thankful I was assigned these two people.

Tonya grant
Judge: George A Mills III
9/29/2016 10:11:40 AM



I want to understand how my case was denied when the occupational therapist himself said there was "ZERO" JOBS FOR ME AVAILABLE,with my limitations then how did I get denied my 5th time..I've proven my case over n over,,this is just not fair,,I think judge Mills. Should find me this so called work I can do with my limitations that WILL pay more then 733.00$ a month...find one for me please


Judge: Tammy Georgian
9/10/2016 9:00:27 AM



THIS JUDGE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED! I'm 57 years old, worked for 37 years in retail sales. I have lymphoma cancer, severe arthritis, bad back, hip replacement, CKD (result of pain medication) . I cannot stand for hours as necessary in my job because of back/joint arthritis and constant pain. Driving to work is challenging, I have a 40 minute commute. Yet this judge was more concerned in my appearance and how I traveled to the hearing (my daughter drove me, I dressed professional as I always have) Questions suggested I could "find a way to sit" or "transferring" to a backroom job. I was denied. My attorney was flabbergasted as I am. Now I see why. The highest denial rate for a relatively new judge earning pay in the upper 10% of SSA. This is a sham! Her high pay must be tied to her high denial rate. A disgrace to disabled workers and to judges!!!

Brenda Caviness
Judge: Jeffrey J Schueler
8/6/2016 4:51:46 AM



I have read some of the comments. It's easy to to see from only one side and make assumptions. Our judiciary system as a whole is overburdened, overworked and understaffed. I respect all of those still trying to make headway. This judge was a professional thru my hearing. His sincerity was genuine. Thank you for the work that you do your honor.


Judge: John M Dowling
8/2/2016 9:49:16 PM



Seemed really fair and nice.. Haven't got my decision yet but regardless the outcome he was respectful even wished me and my family best of luck!!!

jimmie marie jones
Judge: George W Merchant
5/15/2016 5:15:03 AM



Im back again on here,bc it seems like i cant get any help for anyone,still been signed up for 3yrs,already went through my back surgery ( where im messed up for life) now admitted in hospital due to me got diagnosed with copd (emphysema) couldnt breathe on my own,and still cant..im on breathing treatments everyday at home,and now they gotta give me them,and oxygen,ive got a lawyer,but he seems to be not doing much for me,this judge denied me,thats why its at the appeals council's office,he said i could work,but alot of days i cant even bend over to put my shoes on,and then this has happened.....do yaull know how hard this to loose my job in the 1st place,car,home etc from being sick like this...i dont think so,but ive seen yaull approve ppl less than 5months for bipolar or asthma attacks....i find this really crazy,but i wished i knew who to turn to get me someone else to help me,and that's not hurting me....pls someone let me know how long the appeals council's is gonna keep my case? Or are they gonna approve me,or send me back in front of another judge or what....thanks

Relieved in Atlanta
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
5/6/2016 12:26:09 PM



I was very surprised with the judge, after reading these comments I'll admit I was worried about nothing. I found Judge Alexander to be very nice and seemed to really listen to what I had to say. He was pressed for time, but allowed my attorney to present the particulars about my case. After testifying and answering the questions he had, I was approved. Part of my case was not even presented due to missing doctor notes! I can only say to be prepared to testify. It's not just about a diagnosis but how the diagnosis affects you and your ability to work. A vocational expert will be there to testify about any work you may be able to do despite your disability. Make sure you have proper documentation also. You need to be under a doctors care, and not just go in with an opinion from a doctor.

janice preece
Judge: Jerry Faust
5/2/2016 6:12:58 AM



judge faust was a nice man, he seemed fair he even wished me good luck


Judge: Valencia Jarvis
3/31/2016 11:20:34 AM



I had my hearing with the "judge" back in 2013. Of course, it did not go in my favor. Yes, look at her ratings. Even when she was a judge in Missouri, her ratings were almost exact as they are here in Fort Lauderdale. I was very shocked when I received the first denial letter, after the hearing. She MOST CERTAINLY makes her own rules. So many different times where she had manipulated what I had testified, to suit her decision. She is very dishonest when she writes out her decision letter. I think the only thing that was true on the letter was my name and age. The rest....fabricated. What's crazy is, this is OUR money that we paid into over our working years, obviously, otherwise we wouldn't have a sum that we should be collecting. I also agree with the ones who say she is prejudice. I believe it!! As soon as she seen me walk in, she had made her decision, before I even spoke one word. It seemed odd to me also that she kept asking me questions, concerning my partner. Did she have me on her insurance, was she the one that took care of me, did she buy my clothes, did she pay for my medicine?, etc. None of that was mentioned in the letter. I do feel for the ones who have upcoming hearings with this woman. She is not a fair judge....period. Why no one at the SS administration has stopped and asked the question of why her stats are ALWAYS the same every year, is beyond me. My total outcome after all of this??? Right back to where I was 4 years ago......

Jimmy Come Lightly
Judge: Tammy Georgian
3/16/2016 8:36:07 PM



Why is this judge here? She heard my case December 16, 2015 and denied it also. I have nothing mean to say about her, but I know my body and what I can and cannot do and at this point I am 57 years of age. I was working towards my retirement and had a tumor found on my spinal cord. The removal of the tumor cause me more problems than before it was removed, but for her to make a decision on me being able to hold down a job when I take pain meds four times a day. I found it hard to stand at my sink to wash dishes, or cook. I can't stand cold weather or the air conditioner. She asked how I could be at my hearing and that how I looked. Well what did she want me to do come as I looked when I got out of bed? Really, but looking at these status and this just is just amazing. How do they sleep at night? Do they serve a God and how do they do it. I will not give up and just keep on doing what is required of me by the state of SC. I will be 62 in 5 more years. Will they deny me for the next five year I have heard so people say they have tried for a total of 9 years to get disability? What kind of system is this?

Shane humphries
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
3/7/2016 8:20:49 PM



Mr. wilson i honestly didnt mean any disrespect just put urself in my shoes fighting for four years an getting denied mostly because i dont have any medical insurance or any money an i cant go to the specialist an other doctors that i need to go to especially about my heart an the neck surgery needed to get an like me you couldnt get anyone to understand thats why i dont have these specific details that are needed an the thought of not seeing my kids an possibly by the time i get approved two of them is gonna be grown up an ive missed out on time ill never get back with them if i could work i would i hate all this everything that makes my life worth living i have lost because i am unable to work an the denials i got before this last one i had a place to live an was hanging on but i couldnt afford to get denied when i went in front of you in court i new that pretty much my life was in ur hands i know that sounds dramatic but its true an i have witnesses that will testify to my situation i even asked my lawyer if i could let you know all of that at the end of the hearing an she said it wasnt a good idea i just knowed if i would have ben you athen i would have wanted to know if my decision could possibly put a persons life in danger meaning me not having food of a way to go to the doctor an get my medication well i just thought i should double check an make sure you new i wasnt trying to be rude at all an i truly believe if another person was in my situation they would say what i have said an everything i have said is true if proof is eded i can prove utit an i hope you read these comments thank you for youre time.


Judge: Charles Woode
1/14/2016 7:53:19 AM



This so called judge is not fit to determine anything. He is clearly working to deny as many cases as possible as evidenced by his 70% denial rate. He seemed to already have the case decided before I even said a word. He is not fair, very hard to understand, and should not be any kind of judge. All we ask for was a fair hearing and we got this guy. If you get him, try to request another Judge.

Luiz
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
1/13/2016 2:57:54 PM



Valencia Jarvis - The most unluckiest judge in the planet!!!! Out of 73 dispostions in 2016, ODAR set only 7 cases that she was able to approve. Statisticians should study such abnormal phenomenon.

Terry
Judge: L. R BaileySmith
12/22/2015 11:55:27 AM



Just wanted to say a big thank you to Judge BaileySmith. I had my hearing with her by video conference on September 16,2015. I was nervous and scared like anyone would be but she made my experience pleasant . On December 4,2015 I received her decision and I thank GOD it was in my favor. I won the disability hearing so I will be receiving Social Security Benefits. You have truly made this a Christmas to be thankful for. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year............

Jerome Cramer
Judge: Sue Leise
12/7/2015 4:27:55 PM



I want to thank judge Leise for believing in me and awarding me with a Check to help me get my life started back up after a 6 year battle of a brain tumor. After two surgeries and a lot of Bikram Hot yoga, I am completely healthy. I'm now a full time teacher of Bikram Hot yoga in Katy TX. I have a new life now. With the money I got, I moved to TX from Oregon, got my car fixed, an apartment and so on. I'm now helping people get healthy, I love my job, and I love this new life I have. I'm so grateful. I could not have moved and got this full time teaching job if I had not received this money. I just want judge Leise to know that I spent every penny on starting my life over and now I'm back to a productive person in our community, and I give back every day. Thank you and God bless you.


Judge: James B Griffith
12/2/2015 10:10:31 AM



I went before this judge and all the above comments are correct. He is very heartless he never even made eye contact with me was sarcastic to my attorney. We walked away after only 25 minutes he only ask me 2 questions. My claim was denied and we are appealing it.

Peggy Doornbos
Judge: Donna J Grit
11/28/2015 11:24:49 AM



This ALJ has got to be one of the most biased I have ever seen. I have been fighting this battle for over 9 years. I just won a reverse and a remand from District Court and Grit still denied me. How is it that the federal government can dismiss my student loan due to disabilities yet on the State level they don't acknowledge your disabilities? How is it that my treating doctor for several years, the same one who filled out my government disability form, who just happens to be an investigative doctor for the good State of Michigan is not given weight?

Beverly Bailey
Judge: Jeffrey J Schueler
11/14/2015 5:50:09 AM



My son Eric Bailey will be standing before you on Dec. 3rd. I pray that his testimony will be strong enough to help see what his ailments are, inside and out. I am Eric's mother Beverly Bailey and I would be their if my health permitted. I guess I know him inside and out and I hope the judge will read this and know this comes from the bottom of my heart. Eric has been with me for over a year helping in any way his body permits. Eric's mind is troubled as well as his body. He recently had a nervous break down, which left him even more disturbed.Eric's mind is the size of a 10 year old. He can't handle discord, and more then ever could not complete a task. Eric's disability is mostly inside, although I know his body is broken down.. Eric has a10 yr. old and a 15 yr.old living in his home I do what I can and pray daily that he will be awarded his disability. He says he does not care about back pay, just a little to pay bills and help with food for him and his children. I write this from my heart, and pray you will see what is inside of my son.

S. CADDELL
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
11/10/2015 9:12:20 PM



Fair,thorough, very attentive to my case and I really appreciated this judge for treating me like a person. God bless.

Jamie
Judge: J. Dell Gordon
11/2/2015 9:59:47 AM



Had my hearing on Sept 3rd, 2015 with Judge Gordon. He seemed to be ver fair and impartial. My lawyer said that it sounded very good but it has now been 60 days today with no answer. Hopefully I will hear soon. Either way approval or denial he was still a very good judge that was considerate!

Bernie Shapiro
Judge: Jeffrey J Schueler
10/25/2015 5:10:14 AM



From Attorney--My comment reflects the above comment by claimant with PTSD-I just reviewed one of my cases that will be heard in the next six months and my written comment to my staff was to obtain all evidence available as Judge Schueler is a caring and considerate gentleman, who, presented with proper evidence is dedicated to doing the right thing for people. His judicial manner is great and he has a heart while dutifully adhering to the law, as required. It's a comfort to be able to look forward to appearing before Judge Schueler again and trusting that a well-based decision will be made.

Rebecca
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
10/16/2015 2:38:06 PM



I had a hearing with Him and he was extremely caring and really put my anxiety at ease to where I was able to explain myself and go into great detail of how bad my physical and psychological disabilities are. I was so scared for months before my hearing. I was mentally and physically exhausted. He took the time to listen to me and was so sweet to me. Thank you your Honor I now feel like a big heavy weight has been lifted off of my chest. God bless you!


Judge: Valencia Jarvis
10/16/2015 12:45:28 PM



I would like to find out if this judge is prejudiced against white people. If her approval is mostly of black people we may be able to have her disbarred.

Laz
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
9/27/2015 2:09:23 PM



This woman has to be on the craziest power trip ever. She makes things up, twists reality, and apparently knows more than the doctors do. IF you get her, pray for a miracle. I know there's a lot of fraud going on, but she denies people who are legitimately disabled in order to combat the high SSA rates. I'm suspicious of a racism element as well, but I won't confirm it because it's not like she flat out called me a honky.If you do get her, DO NOT GIVE HER AN INCH. She'll take your inch and turn it into a mile. I told her the medicine will sometimes work, about 10% of the time. She turned that into "the medicine works almost all of the time". Variety of different things were manipulated to suit her decision. She had already denied me the minute I spoke, the rest of the trial was just a formality and a way to twist the truth into her fraudulent, deceptive decision.

Fred JR Commodore
Judge: L. R BaileySmith
9/25/2015 2:26:13 PM



I was recently denied with all the health problems I have such as congestive heart failure what's a pacemaker /defibrillator, kidney failure, diabetes which I have to take three shots per day, asthma, shoulder replacement which I can't lift 10 pounds ever, arthritis, gout, plum sized hernia in my testicles, walnut sized hernia in my stomach, lungs constantly filled with fluid I mean making it difficult for me to breathe. I had to go back to work doing a different occupation because I was denied Social Security 5 times before that so I had to work to pay my bills and was hospitalized three times in 10 months of working at the new job, also I'm on 13 different medications which makes me dizzy and sleepy, by my working I had to skip dosage which made my conditions worse, the judge did not take that into consideration she pretty much denied me for going back to work. Very unfair judge I guess she get big bonuses for denying people.

Terry
Judge: L. R BaileySmith
9/16/2015 2:36:06 PM



Had my hearing today with Judge Bailey Smith and I just want to tell her thank you for being so polite,explaining the process, and listening to what I had to say. As far as I am concern she is doing her job well and yes she asked some tough questions I just answered truthfully and I am putting it in GOD'S HANDS and will wait for the outcome. I pray that it is in my favor but who knows.

I will never give up
Judge: Kim McClain-Leazure
8/30/2015 9:48:14 PM



So disappointed in the judge. Stated comments that my psychiatrist did not say. Tried to intimidate me into saying it was correct. I know some people try to abuse the system. I'm not one of those. She discounted all of my documented evidence from all of my doctors. It was a joke. She used the fact that I try to walk without a cane against me. I only use it when necessary. I don't try to over act or pretend. I was so disgusted with her that I started not to file again. I got an attorney who told me to keep filing until you turn 65. He told me that I worked hard over 20 years and did not cause my injury. I had a super work history and loved what I did. I still will not lie under oath. I will tell the truth and I will answer questions correctly. If you have been denied by this judge, please do not give up. I will continue to fight for my case and I encourage you to do the same.

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Judge: Whitfield Haigler
8/10/2015 11:47:00 PM



I would like to say that I went before this judge and my experince with him was all right and if I can say so fair as well. I have not got my decesion but when I was face to face he seem like I would be approved. Well now the waiting game begins.

m Elliott
Judge: Kyle C Alexander
8/3/2015 5:16:30 AM



My wife is suffering from severe depression from losing our son in 1999 been in and out of institutions even a 6 month stay in Columbus whats wrong with this judge


Judge: James B Griffith
7/18/2015 4:52:31 PM



I have been representing claimants for two years now and have never been in front of a more pompous, arrogant, rude judge. He seems like someone who gets off on being in power and belittling others. My heart sinks when I see that he is the judge I am going in front of. I can't say enough bad things about this man.

Courtney
Judge: Kim McClain-Leazure
7/7/2015 11:36:43 PM



I had my hearing approx 3 months ago and Judge Kim was very understanding. She had the facts in front of her (my medical records) and my lawyer said maybe 5 words. She told me that I had solid evidence to support my claim. She gave me a favorable decision on the spot. I really appreciate all her help.

Happy
Judge: James B Griffith
7/4/2015 11:28:25 AM



Judge James B. Griffith was polite, kind and very brief at my hearing. All he said was that my evidence was in order and that he is approving my disability. Then, he signed the paperwork. The whole process took less than 5 minutes. I guess it pays to have good attorneys and everything to prove you deserve disability.

Jimmie Marie jones
Judge: George W Merchant
6/4/2015 12:35:23 PM



I just don't why I got denied from this judge..(george merchant)...I have anxiety,depression,and I have degentergive disc disease,and osterartritis. My spine and tail bone is not connected...so therefore I'm on a walker,BC I loose my balance,and I'm waiting on surgery on July 1st 2015.on my back,and a bone removed from my hip..and I got denied..really I waited 3 yes for this..and they approve ppl on drugs,and that is able to work...what kind of crap is this??? This is so unfair,I will be asking for another judge to look at my case when I appeal my case....this is so wrong how I got treated....I hope nobody else gets this judge..I'm sorry but this is so unfair..I just think the ones that has a drug addiction,and that is able to work,needs to stop drawing the disiabilty then,BC u only given them money to supply their habit.. Ssshh this is so crazy,this judge,and this system is messed up...pls explain how u do this to a disabled person that can't work....


Judge: Tammy Georgian
5/29/2015 12:02:12 PM



She has the highest denial rate of all the judges 69% as of 5/11. Something's not right about that. Is it because she's new? That needs to be looked into.


Judge: Tammy Georgian
5/29/2015 11:41:25 AM



I just thought I would have yo say something about my case. It is just so hard to believe that this judge would denied my case. I have s disease that is not visible to the human eye. When you a disease that's destroying your muscle,that is slow moving and people don't take the time to research and learn about a dfiseade that there is no cure for nor a treatment to make it better. I just don't understand this. I feel the dedesion is wrong.I have worked all my life and just couldn't do it anymore because of all the pains I have on a daily bases. I don't know what it is yo have a good day pain free. Its no right, but who am I .I wonder what purpose am I serving by living everyday.

Amy
Judge: Ken B Terry
5/12/2015 8:33:14 PM



3 out of 4 nos on the hypotheticals, 2+ years of medical documentation from 3 doctors practically identical to the Blue Book and you still denied my appeal. Today, Judge Terry, you devastated my family. You have affected our lives in ways that we may never recover, and most of them are not financial. More time should've been spent reading the reports instead of trying to read the person. Your statistics seem to show that you believe most people are liars. Shame on you for thinking you can see inside a person.

Jeff A
Judge: Sue Leise
5/1/2015 12:17:53 PM



She was very thorough but affable. Had my case been denied I probably would not be quite as generous but it was approved.


Judge: Kyle C Alexander
4/16/2015 4:20:59 PM



I just had a hearing in front of him and he approved me on the spot! Remember if necessary, you can appeal the judges decision. I found the Judge to be rather caring and he took the time to listen and read the brief and any other information as he saw fit.


Judge: Whitfield Haigler
4/3/2015 11:19:27 AM



Judge Haigler was previously in Shreveport for a couple of years and was always very fair. You would be hard pressed to find a better ALJ.

KK
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
3/4/2015 5:56:46 AM



Another one here where she totally lied on my decision. She stated I was a social butterfly, yeah, those words killed me, and said I had numerous friends to visit, etc.. Well truth is, I've been socially isolating for the past 3 years and have had a total of 1 friend visit. Something I testified too. She also said I could grocery shop by myself, etc, which I haven't done in quite some time and also testified too. I told her that in the beginning I wasn't compliant with my diabetes because I was in denial, well she wrote that I wasn't compliant NOW, which is NOT what I said in my hearing, I told her that I have been VERY compliant now because I was in the beginning of kidney issues. Oh and per her decision I have no cognitive issues, yet I also testified that I couldn't remember any of my medical classes anymore, had to have reminders to take my blood sugar and my medications and hubby took over all bills because I kept forgetting to pay them. She also used the "grid" to determine that I wasn't disabled, which she WASN'T supposed to use for her overall determination, yet that was her greatest weight for denial, and she used a grid for someone below age 50, I am now 53! So her "grid" thinking is totally skewed. I have no idea why this woman is in any position to control peoples lives!! Oh and she totally discounted what both my doctors wrote, that there is NO WAY I can hold a job for 8 hours a day, or even 4 hours a day, she just dismissed what the people who see me 3-6 times a year said and took only the SSA doctors, who I've never seen into account. She's a farce, and shouldn't be allowed to make decisions that affect others lives. I hope she's fired before my appeal comes through.


Judge: Valencia Jarvis
2/12/2015 4:40:24 PM



I had the same experience as the last person who wrote in about Valencia Jarvis. She made up facts to support her decision to deny me benefits, and ignored she facts that were in evidence contradicting her ruling. I can't say she's mean spirited. She might simply be incompetent. Regardless, it's clear that a judge (Valencia Jarvis) who is consistently at the lowest end of granting approvals is using criteria that is inconsistent with standards set by social security. It's beyond me how Valencia Jarvis still has been able to hold onto her job. Perhaps social security hold performance reviews? i don't know. It's sad and shameful that Valencia Jarvis is still allowed to be in a position of responsibility for which she is clearly ill-suited and its allowed to cause pain to people who deserve better. I deserve better. We all deserve better.

Sharon Smith
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
2/1/2015 9:27:35 AM



5 star good judge

sheree jones
Judge: J. Dell Gordon
10/22/2014 6:00:00 AM



yes I had my hearing on August the 21st judge was very nice considerate pleasant thank you the best judge by far.I think it went really well


Judge: Joseph R Doyle
9/27/2014 8:59:17 AM



Judge Doyle is very polite, extremely attentive and really listens closely to everything that is said. He begins the hearings on time, and he is efficient and straight to the point. He made me feel at ease. I was satisfied about the entire hearing process the day of my hearing.


Judge: Charles J Arnold
9/15/2014 3:46:19 PM



Guess he needs glasses or his competency level isnt there gives very little weight to dds drs but says my medical records indicate my limitations are more severe than dds drs say, then just finds me unfavorable. You need to retire rather than collecting pay from disability insurance just to deny people! I rate your approval rating a total thumbs down.

Norm
Judge: Sue Leise
8/29/2014 8:20:32 PM



If you have Leise for an ALJ you should consider yourself lucky. She is thorough but that is a good thing if you have to appeal or if you get a quality review. Don't try and pull the wool she will see right through it. I doubt many appeal her desicison, don't think many would win that.

mary hoeft
Judge: Sue Leise
8/26/2014 4:01:43 PM



I am still waiting for my decision, it has been almost 60 days however judge Leise was very kind and very patient with me as i was nervous and trying to answer the questions as well as i could. i appreciate her time and even if i am denied i will hold no harsh feelings. i will still appeal any denial however i do not hold harsh feelings because it would be hard as a judge to determine whether or not a person who is maybe borderline disabled meaning i cant work however my work history shows a period of 10 years of work. which ended in termination because of the lack of coming to work due to the depression.


Judge: Valencia Jarvis
8/7/2014 12:05:27 PM



I had Valencia Jarvis as my S.S. judge and she lied about my medically documented impairments in both physical and also psychological aspects and stated the exact opposite in her findings. To show how truly unfair of a judge this piece of work is, the states own vocational expert stated that I could not do any form of work at all even at sedentary levels and she stated the opposite of this as well in her decision. Unfortunately this is how she is allowed to continue to deny countless others through lies and falsifying documented evidence. Even though I had a rather lengthy rebuttal letter written up on my behalf to the appeals council trying to bring her upon charges for what she did to me showing documented proof that Valencia Jarvis lied to deny, which the appeals council agreed with 100%, they didn't feel this proof warranted my wrongful deny decision to be overturned but rather remanded back to the ALJ stage. Wasted 6 years + of my life and I am still at step one thanks to Valencia Jarvis who I notice does this to an extremely large number of those she oversees case wise. How can people like this stay in power with NO repercussions what so ever??? They need to have star categories going in the negative scale because she deserves a negative ten rating!


Judge: Michael J Davenport
7/2/2014 11:38:12 AM



I recently appeared in front of Judge Davenport. My wife suffers from severe social phobia and mental psychosis. The Judge was very kind to allow me to sit in the room with my wife. I feed the judge listend fairly to my wifes testimony. Responded well with the lawyer and VE. He asked well target hypothetical questions to the VE regarding my wifes conditon. Regardless of the outcome; I feel Judge Davenport provides a fair and non judgmental court room where the actual evidince is used and the judge does not predetermin cases.


Judge: L. R BaileySmith
6/19/2014 11:26:47 PM



I do not believe that Judge BaileySmith makes fair decisions regarding social security disability. In my decision she stated that she gave NO weight to the governments doctor that evaluated me and stated I should not work around people. She stated she gave NO or no weight to my treating doctor who said I did not need to work. She did give weight to a doctor that I saw for 8 weeks & that I told constantly I was still in pain, but he told me to wait a month and see if I was still hurting... She stated I could sit for 30 min/then stand for 30 min all day and work like that. But my medical records state I am in pain if I sit or stand. They also state my medication makes me drowsy, as I've fallen asleep twise on the interstate already trying to do the right thing & work and not ask for help. But since Judge Bailysmith wants me to work if I hurt myself, or someone else because she chose not to believe factual statements from medical professionals and the patient then it will be her that has to live with that decision because I have not driven more than 5 miles I since it got so scared from falling asleep at the wheel after being kept up all night in severe pain. I didn't want to stop working, I had to quit working. I do understand that there are people that don't deserve it, but this is something I actually needed. I've never ask anyone for help before, and I've worked since I was 15 years old. I didn't ask for this pain. It's hard to understand unless you live in my shoes.

NA
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
6/3/2014 7:41:22 AM



To the person that wrote the most recent post on 5/13/2014. Sounds exactly like my outcome. She completely ignored the medical data. Only gave "great weight" to the report from the Disability doctor that reviewed my records,never saw me in person and was an prior felon with 90+ felony drug charges against him and is currently under a probationary license in FL. I too wondered if I don't look sick enough or if it is because I am a white middle-aged man that has put in 30 years in the work force and payed taxes, maybe she saves her 16% approvals for her Black friends. She is immoral and disgusting. If you choose to appeal, make sure to put those facts in the appeal and also state that you refuse to be heard by her again. That is what my attorney has done, still waiting the appeal. If they insist that you go before her again, find a friend in Dade County and put in a change of address, then your case can be moved to another judge in the Miami system instead of having to go before her a second time in Broward. Good Luck!


Judge: Sue Leise
5/30/2014 3:21:49 PM



It was a long and lonely process, but you have given me hope. Thank you Judge Sue Leise. I can't stop crying. I hope the suicidal thoughts will go away as a result of your favorable decision. My parents don't need to be burdened with me any more. I will be able to continue treatment and stay on medication. I have a new "Leise" on life! I would not wish my problems on anyone.

Andrew Atkinson
Judge: Kenneth Wilson
5/22/2014 1:40:18 PM



Judge treated my wife with the upmost respect. Friendly & fair.


Judge: Valencia Jarvis
5/13/2014 6:00:26 PM



This woman, Jarvis, takes all the information provided in the hearing and twists EVERYTHING to suit her decision. She leaves out information, as well as evidence and states that the "claimant" says this or that, when it is UNTRUE!!! Isn't she suppose to uphold to a certain oath of truth as well??? Many things in my "decision" letter were just fabricated lies...plain and simple. Even though there are so many doctor reports and questionnaires filled out by credible doctors, she says that she gives "no weight or little weight" to what they say. That is, unless your a doctor for Social Security, then by all means...she will state that she gives THEM all the weight in the world! She loves to play God and decide someones fate, who really needs to have the decision go in their favor. Shame on her for thinking she could just wily nilly say, "I don't like this person, I find your decision UNFAVORABLE". Maybe I was dressed too nice (out of respect for a hearing), maybe I didn't look sick, maybe I was well spoken?? Maybe because I'm ***, go ahead and deny me my benefits?? I am just so amazed, that looking at her "Approval rating", this woman is still allowed to "Judge" people and decide their fate. I have ZERO respect for her or anyone like this person, who decides what is accepted and what is not.


Judge: Michael J Davenport
5/9/2014 4:32:09 PM



Wish I could appear before him with more cases. Reasonable, calm, professional, rational and logical--whatever his decision, I believe he will make it fairly and will consistently apply the law. Know your case, though, and be prepared to adapt your presentation if he points out an issue about which he wants more information. In my most recent case, he asked me to address a past work issue at the beginning of my questioning.

janelle
Judge: James B Griffith
5/7/2014 11:02:05 PM



This creep ruined my life. He was rude, and highly nasty and screamed at myself and my lawyer at the time. He ignored evidence, and his behavior started a chain of events in which the next "judge" ignored evidence as well, despite me having more evidence than the first time in court. Because of his behaviors, and the behaviors of the SSA, and them deliberately dragging their feet on my case for 7 yrs, they caused me to no longer be eligible for SSD, only SSI, in which the so called gvt can ****** money from SSI as they see fit. There is a time limit on whether you can be eligible for SSD and this fool and all of his buddies were in cahoots together to try and ruin me. I also filed a complaint to the White House, the mayors office in Jefferson City as well as the commissioner's office and all of that was to no avail. SSA thinks they are God, and they will back up the judge no matter how much evidence he ignored, no matter how racist they are, they will back that person up. Now are you ready for this? I found out that he is no longer listed with the SSA judges. How interesting is that. Can you sniff sniff, smell a cover up? I can. I guess his buddies told him that there were too many complaints and that he needed to retire. I hope to God with the REAL God, that he gets everything that he deserves in life. How dare you p** on ppl who have lost their health, lost their careers and now they lost their chance for a real hearing with a real judge with real emotions.

sharon walsh
Judge: Robert M Butler
5/5/2014 9:17:57 AM



Very professional, yet has a compassionate approach. He listened carefully and thoughtfully. He masterfully diffused a situation with my (mentally ill) son and calmly continued the proceeding.

kevin sutherland
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
5/1/2014 7:16:24 AM



Im very happy with the ruling on my case by this judge. I was approved. Very pleased with the outcome.


Judge: Kim McClain-Leazure
4/28/2014 8:59:50 AM



Extremely disrespectful. Very demeaning and angry. Acts unprofessional. Made decision before I walked into the room.

kevin hall
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
4/21/2014 11:07:51 PM



the worst judge anybody could ever have and a lying judge at that, very unhelpful judge, very well known to hold grudges from other alj's decisions didnt even look at the real problem this judge is in an awful judge and should not be involved in the social security she has no heart no sympathy and no care for the claimants feelings or disabilities she is only out to care for herself! the worst judge anybody could have!

Sheree J. Johnson
Judge: Ken B Terry
4/21/2014 7:48:28 AM



Judge Terry is a biased an unfair Hearing Officer for this ODAR Court. In His unfavorable decision in my case, he ignored and/or neglected pertinent information purveyed in my testimony. Repeatedly, he contradicts himself throughout his written decision. He makes insinuations and pre-judgments instead of sternly weighing ALL of the evidence before him. He is a disgrace to the Law regarding SSA Rules and Regulations. And yes, his biased and unfavorable decision, despite the fact of overwhelming objective medical evidence as to my disability, is presently under review by the Appeals Council. Moreover, should the Council prove to be as biased as Judge terry, I will file my appeal in Federal Court. Judge Terry should shudder at the very thought of a Federal Judge being summoned to review my case.

Anom
Judge: Jeffrey J Schueler
4/18/2014 4:11:04 AM



I have went in front of ALJ Schueler twice. My first was time in november and the second time was 2 days ago. He seems like a good person and treats claims with respect. I suffer from PTSD and a few other thing, but the PTSD bothers me the most. I was avictim to a ruthless violent crime where I was nearly beat to death in public by 5 people in broad daylight but the people that witnessed the crime did not bother to at least call the cops. I would have died if the guy that recognized me and helped me would have been 1 minute later literally. This has left me aprisoner of my own home for the past 8 years almost. I have no way to support myself so I have to rely on family. I shouldnt have to be their life long burden. The judge sent me to be evaluated by one of their consultants. The consultant did agree that I have severe limitations around the public. I have severe anxiety around anyone I dont know. I just hope he comes to a just decision and i can help my family take care of me. He seems to actually cares about the claims and over all is a genuine nice person. I have done research when I can about other cases in different states from people that suffer from PTSD. I have read about a man that was approved because the store he worked at was robbed and the the man was held up at gun point. I know that had to be traumatic but I am lucky just to be alive. I hope all of you that are truly disabled get a ALJ like Schueler. He doesnt degrade people, and shows respect to us that are. I know he cannot approve every case but if all your asking for is a fair chance and for some one to really look at your case he will.

Ardys Korstad
Judge: Whitfield Haigler
4/14/2014 8:27:21 AM



I am a Minnesota attorney with 25+ years of experience. First, a comment about the "low approval rate" at NHC in St. Louis. Their office is trying to help hearing offices around the country catch up on the huge backlog of claims. You can decline a video hearing and wait many more months for a hearing in person with a Minneapolis judge. Many attorneys tell me they always decline the video hearings because of these same statistics. What they don't understand is their actions may be the exact reason the statistics look so bad. The judges are much more likely to dismiss or deny a claim that does not have all the important evidence in or unprepared witnesses. An experienced attorney matters. My clients and I have appeared in front of Judge Haigler multiple times. You can tell he has always read the file carefully. (Not true of all judges.) Like appearing in front of the Supreme Court for oral arguments, he will tell the attorney at the beginning of the hearing the specific parts of the record he needs clarified or explained if we want to convince him of the severity of the medical problems. He is respectful and courteous questioning the claimant. He allows you to go past the usual one hour hearing time if you have a translator or essential witness.


Judge: Kyle C Alexander
3/10/2014 8:57:08 AM



I have an upcoming hearing and after reading the above comments I am scared my case will be denied. Any suggestions? I do have a Lawyer, but any comments would be greatly appreated.


Judge: Ben Barnett
3/5/2014 6:28:05 AM



I found Judge Barnett to be a very good listener he asked for opening and closing comments and let my lawyer ask all the questions, when she was done he had 3 questions for me and 1 question to the vocational expert and even though he has a 31% approval rating i found him to be quite fair, not because he found me disabled but because he followed the guidelines of the ssa.At this time i would like to thank my attorney from Freedom Disability Michelle Huerta for a job well done.


Judge: Patrick S Cutter
3/4/2014 10:39:22 AM



Judge Patrick Cutter is a wonderful judge. He is truly one of the best LAJ. in the county. He was very fair in the way he handled my case he took it step by step explaining the procedure before we ever got started. He took control of the entire hearing asking all questions that were important and concerning my case. If he didn't get the proper answer he wanted to hear, he rephrased it much easier for me to understand. He also allowed me time to explain my total conditions without interruptions. He also understood my entire situation and conditions and handle them in a very Professional matter. The hearing was lengthy but it needed to be in order to produce a fair verdict. He asks a lot about your conditions in order to be fair. Despite what other people may think of Judge Cutter. He handle the case the in the most Professiional way a judge could handle a case. I personally want to thank judge cutter, for hearing my case and giving me the proper and most fair hearing a client could receive. I Took the time to evaluate Judge Cutter because he deserves the credit for all the hard work he puts into each and every case he hears. If you are truthful with the Judge he is true to you.


Judge: Kyle C Alexander
2/26/2014 8:19:59 PM



This judge have to remember one day he will be judged and it want be good....he deny peoples that is really sick and need help...You are one low down dirty man. Courteous he are that's what fake and sneaky people do laugh in your face while hurting you behind your back. I guess he was bullet at school and now he think he got power to hurt peoples but you hurting the wrong one.

Sue
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
1/26/2014 11:34:01 AM



This is one of the Doctors (If you can call him that) that Florida uses to determine the Health and Well being of it's Disability claimants. Judge Jarvis said she gave his report the "most weight" yet he had not reviewed the majority of my medical records since the tests and Specialists reports came after his review of my records. He has surrendered his medical license in two others states due to this same type of activity. Currently under Probationary License in Florida. Had 90 charges against him in Florida. Has been admitted twice (that I can find) to drug rehab for abusing Hydrocodone, Yet he is still used in Florida and paid by our Government to review Disability cases. Lets Put A Stop to this!


Judge: Kenneth Wilson
1/10/2014 11:31:49 PM



Fair, Objective, and Thorough.

Breanne McDowell
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
12/12/2013 8:12:59 AM



This judge denied my mother and denied her for the wrong diagnosis. She stated my mother has well controlled diabetes and Hep C, neither of these are true. After waiting two months and using every resource that I had to continue to take care of my mother to be told this is SICK. I take care of her, I see how ill she is, how many times she falls and blacks out from sugars, how she goes with out insurance and I pay for her medications. How we have been evicted and are behind and sinking even more daily and have no chance of any help. It just SICK. She said my mom didn't keep her appointments. Well your honor, there is one car, my mother has problems driving due to her sugars changing consitently and feels unsafe. I work full time in the medical Field If I lose my job how can I keep us going even if its not that well. It is Christmas and we have nothing losing our place to live my car is behind my mother is short on her medications and you Deny her!. I plan to make sure that this goes as far as I need to take it. This is poor judgement on your part as a judge. Stating that you were not in agreance with the Doctor that stated clearly she is disabled, I would like to say They are a physician you, your honor are a judge! I work in the medical field I see poeople get this for as things as simple as sinus issues, My mother is Ill, the least you could have done is got her correct diagnosis but that could be be cause you are a judge and not a doctor. Following the doctor's would have been helpful!


Judge: Lisa Groeneveld-Meijer
12/11/2013 3:50:39 PM



Although i don't have a disposition yet I was pleasently surprised by the judge. She asked very specific and probing questions which proved to me and my attorney she obviously read my file. This process is stressful and frustrating so i am grateful i had a judge who made the effort to speak with me, ask questions and put a face to my file.


Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
11/25/2013 5:31:13 AM



i am just sicken to be denied again. i worked hard in my young yrs and now that im sick i have to beg to be approved what i have paid into.

Mike
Judge: Timothy J Christensen
11/21/2013 4:30:47 AM



Judge Christensen in my experience is a very good judge. He made me feel at ease. He bases his decision on all the facts of the case including OBJECTIVE MEDICAL EVIDENCE. The more prepared you or your lawyer are, the easier the process will be.

Alan Baker
Judge: Mark A Clayton
11/4/2013 3:21:02 PM



we went to court but it doesn't seem like they do what the judge says

Elizabeth
Judge: J. Dell Gordon
9/16/2013 2:21:15 PM



Judge J. Dell Gordon had completely read my case prior to the hearing. He demonstrated thoughtful consideration of each separate health condition, and the affects as a whole. Judge Gordon was open to discussion and input from all parties. He is a five star judge because he is fair and just.

SSDI Rep
Judge: James B Griffith
8/29/2013 1:25:33 PM



This ALJ did grant my client's case and of course I was very gracious. And to his credit he may have a generous heart, but it does not show in how he conducts himself on the bench. He rudely kept sending the court reporter to try to force us to begin early and my client had questions before we went into hearing. Once we entered, he was quite rude and unprofessional. For example, he asked about the amended onset date and when I told him. He shouted and asked if I forced claimant into amending her onset date or threatened to kill her. He told me I was being combative ---- there was a better way he could have handled this. When I told him to repeat what he needed from us, he turned really ugly..... To get irritated and upset because someone has a question is being a huge jerk. More like a power tripper as someone on this blog stated. I normally amend onset dates on the record and never had an issue but he likes a specific line of questioning from attorney to claimant where claimant swears you did not threaten their life to change their disability date. I completely understand why he does it, but just explain it because every judge handles this differently, don't be a huge d*ck about it.


Judge: Kenneth Wilson
8/28/2013 9:17:30 AM



was great

jeffrey james
Judge: Sue Leise
8/26/2013 1:38:55 PM



I still wait for answer on my claim takes so long as I wait I have no money I cannot work I cannot even afford some meds for depression if denied I might as well give up on life I will be homeless with no income I am not even able to get get my kids school stuff this year all the kids make fun because we are so poor if something does not happen soon we WILL be homeless.


Judge: Kim McClain-Leazure
8/20/2013 6:20:22 PM



No personality, other than being very angry. Was unprepared and unprofessional, as well as, totally unprepared for my hearing.

Pray for me
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
6/24/2013 8:04:35 PM



So sad for me I was denied and Im really sick my mind would not let me answer the questions I was all mixed up. Don't those judges see that you have worked all your life and you would get more money if you could work.


Judge: Charles Woode
6/24/2013 6:03:11 PM



He seems professional and knowledgeable but he has a very strong Jamaican or Caribbean accent which makes him very difficult to understand when he speaks. It is an impediment which may cause undue stress for clients who appear before him at a hearing.

J. Jenkins
Judge: Charles Woode
6/19/2013 2:53:52 PM



Not only is he a competent judge, but he is very smart! I'm very impressed with his style of delivery and his knowledge of the law. He may not please everybody, but he's fair and works according to the law. Keep up the wonderful work Judge Woode. J. Jenkins


Judge: Joseph L Heimann
6/17/2013 12:53:39 AM



I think this judge is very unfair and doesnt take in to count that you can have bad and good days. The fact that you can fuction for a hour or two a day to take care of a child or that you can go to the grocery store to get food, (even though you have to be there about 6 hours and sit down over a half dozen times, and take a pill just so you dont freak out) means that you can work and maintain a normal life. My daughter only shops where she knows that she can hide in the coolers in the stores if she has a panic attack, the same store that friends work at that can help her if she starts to have pain, or that can get to me or at least get her to her truck so she can try to get home. She dont socialize or interact with anyone other than close friends or family as to not scare people, and with all the pain and mental problems she has, the fact that she tries to still be a good mom and take as good of care of her child as she can with help from family, he says she isnt disable. I know of people that have nothhing wrong with them other than they dont want to work that get ssi/ssd. That is wrong in so many ways. So in short, in his eyes, the fact that she still tries to do right by her child and not be totally dependent on someone else for everything, shes not disable..... Thats just not right. Lets have him walk a day in her shoes and see how well he enjoys it. Mentally, and physically she has been though the ringer and has major medical problems, but like I said it seems because she still tries, she not disable and that she can still work. Trust me, I know my daughter, she has always worked very hard. Long hours and would reather work than ever ask for anyone to help her. So this is a big hit to her pride, and to be told that she is lying, well thats just wrong in so many ways...


Judge: Kyle C Alexander
5/17/2013 8:54:43 AM



The chances of getting a fair hearing before this Judge are not good. It almost appears he has a bias toward injured claimants. Any adverse medical opinion will be adopted in his decision. If there is not an adverse opinion in the record, he will send out for one. He is very courteous as he guts your case.

vance adams
Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
4/19/2013 9:32:33 PM



I have found through personal interaction that Judge S oandra R DiMaggio Wallis is a consummate professional who engages claimants with an object and open mindset. It is my hope that she continue to facilitate her duties with the application of knowledge and the faculty of wisdom with which she has received from our Most High God.


Judge: Mark A Clayton
4/16/2013 5:15:47 PM



unfavorable to most cases. I agree he is pleasant, but he is content in knowing who pays his salary and doing what he is told. Not an adjudicator, but a government employee.

guest
Judge: Paul Gaughen
4/2/2013 8:57:28 AM



as i said above, on 3/18 this judge seized upon my twice-weekly alcohol use, and called it "abuse". this led him to negate all my medical records, saying i could function without "alcohol abuse" (2 times weekly) if this guy wants to deny your claim to keep his NHC ratios in order, he will find a way.


Judge: Paul Gaughen
3/29/2013 8:11:36 AM



Very pleasant judge. Knows when he has to do a fully developed hearing and also when he doesn't. Likes to cut to the chase on clearly solid cases.


Judge: Mark A Clayton
3/29/2013 8:04:34 AM



I've had one hearing with this judge by video. He was very pleasant, calm, professional. He asked for an opening statement and then he did a fairly thorough questioning of the claimant. He covered full range of hypos with VE. He is clearly on the conservative side with his award rate.


Judge: Valencia Jarvis
3/27/2013 3:29:36 PM



"I am going to try and appeal" I see. You filed an applic. and was denied. You've filed a Recon and was denied. Then, you got an Unf. Dec. by an ALJ. Now, you will try to convince the AC that the ALJ was wrong. In fact, you are disabled. A non-disabled would have hired an Atty.


Judge: Valencia Jarvis
3/25/2013 6:33:05 PM



My claim was denied. Apparently attending college means I do not have a disability. Nevermind the fact that the only reason I am still in school is because of the laundry list of accommodations that my schools "office for students with disabilities" gives me. Unfortunately trying to get an education is a mistake. Maybe it is just a mistake for me given all the students I know that receive assistance from the same office and have been approved. I am going to try and appeal, hopefully the next judge I see will not be her. Maybe she should try and deal with my medical issues for just one week and then tell me I don't have a disability.


Judge: Ken B Terry
3/23/2013 2:43:18 AM



I would love to write a book on my experiences with the SSDI process, as has been said to me, it is too unbelievable not to be true. I filed my first claim in May 2003 after being disabled from work for two years. In 2008, my paper file was inadvertantly destroyed, but it took four years for the Advisory Councel to admit this. In March 2013, I was finally able to recieve a hearing and a "fully favorable decision." (NOT REALLY). My hearing was with this judge and I found him to be difficult to testify in front of. He was abrupt and inpatient with my explanations and responses. He seemed unwilling to take simple answers to questions and wanted very long explanations for the most minute situation. The reason for the fully favorable decision was a lot of lawyering by my attorney and a compromise on my part (a huge one to me). It took everything we had (myself and my lawyer) to convince this judge that I was disabled. You need a really incredible lawyer to stand up to this judge.

Mark Mora
Judge: Julia A Terry
3/19/2013 11:01:26 AM



My wife just received her letter of denial and it is apparent this judge does not know anything about Fybromyalgia or its affects on a person or family, a person can look totally normal on the outside but in lots of pain on the inside. My wife has been suffering with this since the birth of our 2nd child. Judge Terry has not been there to see my wife collapse because half her body was partially paralized, Judge Terry has never had to wake up at different hours of the night to hear your wife crying because her body is in pain, Judge Terry has not had to endure the financial hardship we have faced selling things just to pay doctor bills, Judge Terry has not had to see how disheartening it is to see your wife like that and not able to go walking with the kids or go to a park because of her pain, Judge Terry has not had to witness a whole lot but I believe she made the best decision she could based on the paperwork she had but not on knowledge of this disease. It is very dissappointing when you see someone you love who would give their all to help someone in need go through something like this. My wife would never have written this comment for the Judge because that is the person she is but again I needed to voice our feelings on this matter and I feel these judges need to do a litte more research on this disease. It has been several long years she has had to endure this process only to have an outcome that is as sad as this.


Judge: Paul Gaughen
3/18/2013 2:22:07 PM



i dont know how my hearing will be decided, but he was very even-tempered and unimposing. i was worried, but he seems very fair.


Judge: J. Dell Gordon
3/18/2013 12:44:15 PM



Not familiar with rules or regs, has mind made up prior to hearings regardless of evidence and testimony. Basically someone who took a government job for the pension and benefits, has no observable interest job or claimants. Just showing up and putting in his time and case numbers.


Judge: George W Merchant
3/12/2013 6:09:51 PM



Why are you George Merchant a disability judge? Enjoy the feeling of POWER? Your Professionalism is not impressive, especially when you are destroying the lives of people more than fairly helping them!


Judge: James B Griffith
3/11/2013 3:13:36 PM



He is a total jerk!

Mark Wood
Judge: Patrick S Cutter
2/20/2013 8:47:10 PM



I am truly impressed by Judge Cutter. I had a stress disability and he went out of his way to make me relaxed and comfortable. When the vocational expert gave his input, Judge Cutter asked great questions in order to accurately describe my disability. His highly verbal communication skills were an asset to the hearing. Legally, he was very fair and precise and explained himself well. He made his decision and sent me all the information in 8 days! He really must of worked hard to make me less stressed. Thank you Judge Cutter, you are truly one of the great ones in your profession. More people should evaluate you.


Judge: George W Merchant
2/18/2013 2:32:07 PM



wow, This Judge will look for any excuse to dismiss or deny a case! Very Lame ones indeed! I know many disabled folk that are dependent on professional trained pets to assist them to function. This Judge dismissed my niece's case that suffers from M.E. because she and her husband has a Lab that is older very docile, this dog helps her severe depression! He mentioned in the Denial letter because she cares for this pet she should be able to work..HOW Insulting! praying for this Judge to have a more caring and empathetic heart while he practices in Alabama~

Brett H
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
2/10/2013 3:15:11 PM



former atty for claimants now an intense, smart, egotistical, opinionated, biased, but very well prepared ALJ known to hold grudges. we had a claimant who had been denied by another ALJ but had since gotten worse and had new severe impairments (cervical DDD, lumbar DDD, depression) which we documented with 2 years worth of treatment and tests (MRIs, etc). At hearing and in decision denying claim, ALJ Stam ignored the new problems and acted like claimant made it up. ALJ interruppted questioning by me saying she had already covered that topic, but she had not really. [I was asking specific Qs about Claimant's trouble using her hands]Then stopped my Qs of VE on same topic. AC upheld her denial withou comment.


Judge: George W Merchant
2/3/2013 8:32:55 PM



I agree whole heartedly with the comment that this judge is heartless and disconcerned for the well-being of the claiments. Percentages on this site do not lie. Obviously he only approves less than a quarter of all cases. So if you experience a unfavorable decision from this judge, despite being dishearten with the system, you are not alone! His statistics seem quite unbalanced coupled with a whim of something smelly~ Try to find out before hand who your judge may be before hand because your chances of winning is very slim. In addition if you appeal to council or start all over, its within your rights to request another judge~ God Bless


Judge: George W Merchant
2/3/2013 3:05:28 PM



As a person has been in this business for years, I felt obligated to note that I disagree with the poster below who referred to Judge Merchant in such a disrespectful manner. Yes, he reads the whole record- to include the treatment notes. He does confront the claimants; however, he is very compassionate and respectful to all who come into his hearing room. For future claimants, be wary of what you read on sites like these. Listen to your representative and be truthful.


Judge: Charles Woode
2/2/2013 11:50:48 PM



this judge is not fit to do his job.


Judge: George W Merchant
2/2/2013 6:38:32 PM



Twisting evidence, Minimizing the seriousness of the claiments testimony..to the extent of "Poking fun of them", humiliating a person in the determination letter by outright ignoring significant medical details rather highlighting all the non Important information.

VTP
Judge: Yvonne K Stam
1/29/2013 9:32:58 AM



Very nice, very helpful, used a vocational expert half the time, but she is old school. Ask some questions but not in order, and does not ask all, you have to be on your toes.


Judge: Valencia Jarvis
1/25/2013 2:00:25 AM



whats up with valencia jarvis denial numbers?? anyone know about her remand rate?


Judge: George W Merchant
1/17/2013 10:47:16 PM



ALJ Merchant is clearly knowledgeable of the SSA statutes and assertive in his hearings. On the conservative side for dispositions, but his decisions do not tend to be unreasonable.


Judge: Lisa Groeneveld-Meijer
1/3/2013 8:51:12 PM



Judge Lisa is wonderful as She askes questions and listens and reviews the medical evidence.She does her job very well indeed.


Judge: C. H Prinsloo
11/9/2012 6:08:31 PM



This man is doing a disservice to people who are really in need and in dire situations, he ignores or overlooks many things that are of benefit to the claimant including VE testimony, letters from a claimants treating physician/specialist whose body of work includes peer reviewed publications in his area of expertise,and medical records that include dozens of hospitalizations for an incapacitating illness. Some ALJ's were only hired, it seems to reduce the back log of cases and are simply on a mission to dispose of cases and doing a shoddy job of it and in the process disregarding the SSA rules, and putting valid claimants lives in jeopardy and causing undue pain and suffering to them and their families. 37% award percentage is disturbing, disgusting and shows a callous disregard for life and human decency. Is there an unspoken contest to see who gets the most remands, or Federal circuit court Judge reversals? Or maybe the NHC's should stop making these ALJ's drive to the hearings in remote locales, perhaps they would be in a better mood and frame of mind in order to serve the public like they should, instead of taking it out on them.


Judge: Milagros Farnes
10/20/2012 2:01:44 AM



She was a very pleasant lady and judge. I had my hearing October 3 2012, and 9 days later received my fully favorable letter from her.


Judge: Milagros Farnes
10/10/2012 1:16:58 PM



A very fine ad conscientious ALJ. She will give you a decent chance. No tricks or traps and straight forward. What more could you ask for?

jessie
Judge: Whitfield Haigler
10/7/2012 10:49:54 AM



Awesome warm hearted judge!!!!


Judge: J. Dell Gordon
9/28/2012 11:29:33 AM



Great judge if you have a good case with actual evidence. Seemed symoathetic and thoughful. Not so much in cases with weak or missing evidence, an unprepared lawyer, or only the claimant's testimony to prove the illness or injury.

fedup
Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/17/2012 8:39:18 AM



i agree by the way he acted during my hearing i thought i would surely get approved then couple weeks later denied...should i even appeal or just start over


Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/16/2012 1:56:30 PM



he will make u feel right at home and you will leave thinking you did well. then a letter saying your denied. better be ready if you get this guy

pj attorney
Judge: J. Dell Gordon
8/15/2012 8:17:33 AM



He is genteel in his mannerisms, but he does not give an indepedent fresh look at a case. He makes up his mind prior to the hearing and the claimant's testimony and additional evidence proving disability is irrelevant. Therefore, he is not open to reversing the government's prior decision. He is essentially a rubber stamp for the government. He gets one star because I can't give him a negative star.


Judge: James B Griffith
8/8/2012 11:24:52 AM



This guy is a *****. He will approve claims, but he the whole process is just weird.

BLJ
Judge: Charles J Arnold
8/1/2012 2:39:26 PM



Very nice man seemed to listen not sure how my case will go but as a person he was very nice.


Judge: L. R BaileySmith
7/18/2012 3:24:18 AM



This judge was very sympathetic and empathetic. She was kind, patient, and was willing to listen. I broke down often during the hearing, as the whole ordeal of the past several years has taken a toll on me. I do not WANT to be disabled, but I am. I think she understood that I wasn't just someone looking to avoid work, or trying to get it for an equally undeserving claim. I may get denied, but I do feel that she will be fair. Crossing my fingers at this point, and thanking her for trying to put me at ease, and trying to do her job well. Thanks Judge.

Patricia Shoffner
Judge: Valencia Jarvis
7/11/2012 9:19:43 PM



Even though the Vocational expert said I wouldnt be able to keep a job, she denied my claim. So after 21/2 years we still go hungry. Ive worked since I was 14, and now Im too sick to work and they arent there for me. I just dont get it. Ive cried all day and dont know what to do. If this is your ALJ, God help you all.


Judge: Sandra R DiMaggio Wallis
7/11/2012 1:36:20 PM



DOES NOT FOLLOW THE LAW

Alex R.
Judge: Kathleen Scully-Hayes
6/29/2012 7:06:47 PM



Decent, hardworking, fair judge. Will do the right thing.


Judge: J. Dell Gordon
6/29/2012 11:11:31 AM



Better than most. Top producing judge from Medicare, same at SSA. Decent to lawyers, claimants; tolerant considerate hearing style.


Judge: Charles J Arnold
6/29/2012 8:18:06 AM



very nice judge, never once said a negative word to me. now its just a waiting game for the decision. I have plenty medical records to prove my case but i really believe that in alot of these cases people are in fact disabled but the judge just doesnt wanna hear it. which is wrong in so many ways.i mean when you look at some of these judges approval rates in the low 20% range you pretty much know your chance of getting it is over.


Judge: Mattie Harvin-Woode
6/26/2012 9:51:19 PM



U grill people to a point of no return... Have some compassion and don't be such a tuff women.....


Judge: James B Griffith
6/21/2012 6:06:31 AM



I have had this judge before. He is pretty intimidating. I hope things go better the second time around!


Judge: Kurt G Ehrman
6/19/2012 4:14:43 PM



A hateful, biased man.


Judge: George W Merchant
6/18/2012 7:04:23 AM



Thorough, precise, articulate, well-spoken, and well-prepared. Don't go into a hearing with this ALJ expecting a cake walk.


Judge: J. Dell Gordon
6/7/2012 2:56:21 PM



Agreeable enough. Not especially well versed in SS regs & rulings. Appears to be of the opinion that in most cases, a "truly" disabled claimant would have already been found disabled at the state agency level (which is laughable to anyone who has any experience in the field). Basically a time-server.


Judge: George W Merchant
5/31/2012 4:46:50 AM



This judge is nonetheless heartless and disconcerned of the well-being of Alabama's disabled citizens.Obviously he gets his income and doesnt think of what clients he presides over need to survive on a daily basis.He did not look at the basic facts of my trial and after waiting for 18 months with no income and the inability to work my case was denied. Being someone with a life-threatening illness I could have filed for another appeal but that would have put me waiting at least another 18 months before it would proceed to the appeals court. Instead I decided to reapply hoping that the seriousness of my disablities would be re-evaluated by someone with a little more understanding of what it is to want to do better for yourself when you cant.


Judge: Kenneth Wilson
5/23/2012 1:39:49 PM



****


Judge: James B Griffith
5/10/2012 11:14:41 AM



This judge just likes to be adversarial with the attorney/claimant. It is a power trip for him. Don't let him fluster you, but be confident in your testimony/closing statements, etc.

Mb
Judge: Charles J Arnold
5/10/2012 10:37:08 AM



Very nice , respectable person. Thank u for ur time

Wisconsin attorney
Judge: Robert M Butler
5/5/2012 4:35:46 PM



great judge. Understands the human side of applicants.


Judge: James B Griffith
4/30/2012 3:04:23 PM



I cannot even give him a star..he is so absolutely unprofessional and disrespectful. I abhor knowing that I am getting this judge.


Judge: James B Griffith
4/30/2012 1:43:45 PM



One of the most condescending Judges I have ever seen.

crazy ohio lady
Judge: John M Dowling
4/2/2012 9:08:26 PM



This man is brute because he reported that i was not disabled because I had a Facebook account and could use a computer how in the world did he know that and did he have a computer hacker to hack my Facebook account? not cool in my book, I am disabled, what right does he have to say that I am not, does he feel pain of every minute of his life like I do, has he been raped in a motel for 48 hours, I think not he has no idea of what I have been through, for gods sake i have ptsd because of it!! I had a good job before my rapes, abuse etc I have a college degree and I can't get a job, at my age I should at least get ssi to help with my utility bills..Whatever, John, come rub my neck at night because i sure can't afford a massage therapist,


Judge: Ben Barnett
4/2/2012 8:02:18 PM



Friendly and fair judge. Will ask for opening and closing. Will do 85% of the questioning.