Charleston Sc, South Carolina ODAR Office

At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Charleston Sc, South Carolina, 14 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings. Currently, in Charleston Sc, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing is 14.0 months. The average case processing time in Charleston Sc is 516 days.The Charleston Sc average for winning a SSI or SSD disibility hearing is 33%. Click on the name of one of the ALJs below to see detailed information about their hearing results. This information for the Charleston Sc ODAR office was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
OfficeJudgesAvg. Hearing
Wait Time
Processing Time
Per Day Per ALJ
Charleston Sc 14 14.0 months 516 days 2.0 21% 33% 45%
South Carolina14.0 months513 days2.217%45%38%
National Average:14.9 months500 days2.120%42%38%
Full NameDismissedApprovedDenied

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Renee Simmon
Judge: Christine Guard
3/27/2020 10:32:54 AM

ALJ Christine Guard heard my appeal case on 1/3/20. She was very pleasant, understanding and fair. She listened to my plea, reviewed my medical files along with my attorney, and was very knowledgeable about my symptoms and medications along with their side effects. I felt comfortable in her presence, and she acknowledged my struggle with my breathing when I entered the room before her. I thank her for her fairness and understanding of my situation. She thanked me for my detailed written performances on my past work history, she said it helped a lot. She viewed my medical records with accuracy, which give her the details needed to give me a wonderful decision. Thank you ALJ Christine Guard for you professionalism!!

Judge: Edward T Morriss
3/13/2020 11:40:37 AM

This judge has his own agenda. He ignores medical evidence, he likes to play doctor, and minimizes serious medical conditions to the point that you'd be forgiven for thinking there was nothing wrong with the person. He is not an impartial finder of fact, he construes even the most favorable evidence against the claimant. There's something rotten in the Charleston OHO and this judge is a big part of it.

Robert Horton
Judge: Tammy Georgian
12/15/2019 6:19:36 AM

Thank God we have a judge who uses common sense! In order to receive disability benefits you should be TOTALLY disabled. Too many people are gaming the system. I wish we had more like her.

Judge: Edward T Morriss
9/30/2019 9:56:31 AM

This dude knows nothing about autism he thought stimming ment bed wetting how can he judge things when he knows nothing about it.You Sir .need to go back to school .We had won our case after you so that says you judged my disabled CHILD wrong shame on you .And you also tried to make it out like I was not telling the truth .How dare you.I want to sue you that all the cases you have had with CHILDREN with AUTISM need to be looked at again.Because you know nothing about it.I also want you to have to spend 80 hours in therapies that we have to go to.So you can hear the parents and what we deal with .I also want you to have to go back to school to learn all about this epidemic .And get a certification for it or get off the bench .You Sir, are a boil on the butt of humanity.And should be ashamed of yourself.

Judge: Carl B Watson
9/27/2019 12:07:06 PM

I had been before to a hearing several years ago and it was extremely nerve wracking. I went into this hearing having refiled several years after my last denial as I did as the judge recommended and was unable to successfully work in 2 different types of work environments. I was extremely nervous going into my hearing this time to the point of physically shaking but judge Watson was very nice and calming in the way he conducted the hearing and asking and listening to me and my attorney. He definitely has my respect and although I have just had my hearing before him I feel he will make the right choice.

Judge: Tammy Georgian
8/15/2019 3:43:04 PM

This judge is bias and should not be in pratice with a verdict from job experts saying no work available how the heck is someone to live. I’m not done with this case. Hella gate has opened.

Judge: Carl B Watson
8/14/2019 11:34:37 PM

Had my hearing before Judge Watson 8/14/19. Everything said here holds true to my experience before him. He was very prepared familiar with my file. Very respectful to everyone and listened. He was very patient when I lost my composure and cried. For me courtrooms always sound scary but he is calm natured and it helped me be more at ease. I too don't know his decision yet but I left feeling he heard me and my attorney and when he said he would review everything and make a decision I really got the sense he was wise and fair. What more could anyone ask for in a disability judge?

Judge: Tammy Georgian
7/17/2019 6:38:10 AM

I received a negative opinion from this judge. She was never supposed to be there, as Social Security was supposed to provide a face to face hearing, not a video hearing. She asked me no questions regarding my disability beyond the questions asked on the form given my attorney. She overruled my doctors, Social Security's own doctors who tested me, and did not even admit that my doctors had repeatedly disabled me and the ER doctor who treated me for my last seizure (which could only be stopped through administering medication through an IV) had notified the DMV of SC that I was no longer to drive because of the severity of my seizures. She spent a lot of time mentioning my weight, which I gained from doctors treating me with steroids. She also claimed I had refused steroid treatment, not noting they were causing extensive weight gain each time the doctors had given me steroids along with severe mood swings. She completely ignored that my feet are deformed due to post-stroke complications and that I cannot stand long without pain, and it is painful to walk due to my feet. I took the medical collar off so the doctors could test how far I could turn my head. They cannot do the test without my removing it. She failed to note my vision grays out completely when I turn my head, and turning my head immediately causes agonizing pain in my head. I had a seizure while she was questioning me, my words slurring and it was obvious I was having trouble forming words. This she also ignored. She came running into the video, threw on a robe, and looked at me through the screen as if she hated me on sight. I knew her decision would be no before I even received it. She is the coldest person I ever dealt with, and in my opinion, should not be allowed to judge disability claims. She seems to have an agenda, and is following it irregardless of evidence supporting her denials of benefits. If she had checked records more closely, she would have found out I have had multiple surgeries on both eyes that have not resolved my glaucoma. She had records that showed I have almost no peripheral vision and have lost vision in all four quadrants in both eyes. She not only overlooked my doctors' disabling me, social security doctors statements regarding my inability to work, but also failed to do due diligence in checking my own records herself. I doubt she has a medical background, and is not competent to overrule treating doctors or Social Security's doctors. She also made allegations saying I was not completely honest about my disabilities. She left out many of my medical problems from her decision. I found her review of my medical records dishonest and incomplete.

Judge: Edward T Morriss
7/10/2019 12:37:22 PM

Judge Edward T. Morriss is a really Nasty human being which I believe is Racist! I was diagnosed with Brain Cancer and I had to stop working all together. I was appointed to this judge and I was denied consistently with me having a great lawyer and with all of my doctors showing paperwork and medical records. He doesn’t care if you are prone to seizures headaches brain cancer or any type of cancer depression anxiety memory loss vertigo etc, This man does not care! It’s like he bases all of his decisions on appearance and without a Vocational Expert! I have been dealing with disability over 5yrs now and I am currently at Federal Hearing and he still denied my case once again! I am to the point where I just wanna give up on everything even life because I cannot survive anymore! He really doesn’t even care about the paperwork or anything if you’re Caucasian you would have a better shot at your hearing. This is so sad that this judge is making decisions based on looks and not facts..This is just Sad. If anyone can help me find the correct person to file a complaint I would.

Judge: Regina L Warren
5/20/2019 8:40:41 PM

Judge Regina L. Warren – She’s very tough, but she has to be because of many fraudulent cases in the state of Pennsylvania. She wants a clear “yes or no”, "no maybe, uh huh or yeah" she understands her claimant. If you are clear and honest, she seems to show empathy with you. Don’t disrespect the system, she would fry you. Her line of hypothetical scenarios, she understood my medical conditions. I was flabbergasted about how she saw the big picture of my life. Although, the “expert witness” was very unreasonable and she saw right through her. I have a deep respect for her, her dignity has to be respected!

Judge: Danette Mincey
4/16/2019 4:50:05 PM

6 months since hearing and still no answer. I was told today that it is in the edit stage and that it could take another 6 months which will be over a year before a get a decision letter. Just where and who Has the over site of the ALJ'S?

Judge: Linda D Taylor
3/3/2019 7:20:44 AM

Seems like a fair judge and listens to everything that is relevant to your case. Haven't had a decision yet ,so for now I'll give her 5 stars.

April R Reed
Judge: Ethan A Chase
2/14/2019 8:04:24 PM

Haven't gotten approved for my disability yet and I was so nervous because I had never been through this before. After I had started being asked questions, I started to feel able to get through it. He was very understanding and compassionate. He told me other info also that was needed for my case. I just pray everything works out because God is definitely in control!

Joel coker
Judge: Ethan A Chase
2/13/2019 2:22:02 PM

Has anyone been in front of judge Ethan Chase. How was he thank you?????

Judge: William Diggs
1/25/2019 1:20:15 PM

I found William Diggs fair and reasonable and felt satisfied in his hearing of my case. He issued me a favorable decision about six weeks after the hearing. I had to wait two and a half years to get a hearing (though this wait time is not the fault of the judge). I felt all questions asked of me by Judge Diggs were reasonable and he was kind.

Judge: William Diggs
11/14/2018 6:50:02 AM

Well just got denied, after 3 yrs of waiting and 4 yrs of not being able to work. I have found that this process is stacked against the citizens that have paid in their entire lives and when you need it they leave it up to a judge who doesn't know the everyday struggles you endure. As a combat vet I love my country but I am slowly beginning to think it could care less about me.

Judge: William Diggs
11/1/2018 6:03:50 AM

Judge Diggs, was very attentive, not throwing tuns of questions at random and seemed helpful and sympathetic. No negative responses about him.

Harriet L Spence
Judge: Danette Mincey
10/25/2018 3:45:06 PM

If one should scroll to the end of this page, he/she would notice that the very first comment was posted in 2012 and continues to present day. There is not one single comment regarding Mincey until 10/24/18 at 0213. Ironically, that comment was posted only two days following my own, dated 10/22/18. The "claimant" goes entirely above and beyond to praise this judge, even mentioning her name seven times throughout a very brief post in an effort to contradict my post made previously. Yet, cowardly, doesn't post their name. This is no coincidence, but of course, anyone with common sense should acknowledge that. Therefore, I will now end this post, as one should gather a very clear conclusion to this statement. "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time". ~Abraham Lincoln~

Judge: Danette Mincey
10/24/2018 2:13:47 AM

I had my hearing this past July in front of Judge Mincey. I found the whole process prior to my hearing, the most stressful, confusing, uncomfortable situation I have endured in many years. Judge Mincey, I feel was very clear, concise on what I needed to do during my hearing. Judge Mincey was very patient, and understanding as to my break downs during my hearing. Judge Mincey often asked me if I needed a moment to compose myself. I had, 10 days prior, buried my eldest sister, unbeknownst to Judge Mincey. Judge Mincey continued with the hearing, even though I was having a very difficult time holding it together. I found her very compassionate, understanding, patient, respectful, and further elaborated when I was sincerely confused about some of the terminology. Honestly, whether I was granted my case or not, the process is clear as the laws that apply to all. Thank you Judge Mney, and my attorney for making sure the process was clear. The outcome of my case wasn’t the issue at hand. The treatment of an individual is what I feel, is what makes this process of the utmost importance for all involved. Thank you again.

Harriet L. Spence
Judge: Danette Mincey
10/22/2018 11:24:41 PM

My hearing was held on 5/29/18 before this judge for severe, disabling impairments. She was very rude, uncouth and lacked the slightest compassion or respect toward myself or my attorney. However, I was forewarned prior to the hearing of her rude conduct and demeanor toward others. Therefore, I wasn't too surprised of the results which were posted to my SSA online account today. I am a disabled veteran with adequate information via medical records and prior work history to support the fact that I have numerous ailments to prevent myself from obtaining and withstanding gainful employment. Perhaps I lack the ability to comprehend why MY money which I paid via MY employers for nearly 30 years is not there for ME as it should be upon the onset of a disability prior to retirement! I suppose the excuse(s) shall arrive promptly via USPS unlike the determination of denial which took 5 months for her to pick and pull apart like every detail of a crime scene because that is exactly how she treated a criminal! No honest, hardworking american citizen should ever have to endure years of waiting while losing everything they've owned and worked for, then stand before a judge only to be treated and talked down to like they've committed a major felony by unwillingly becoming disabled, all while having to endure the disability on top of all the agony throughout a ridiculous, unacceptable, lengthy process! I honestly believe it is a cruel and intentional act in hopes that the applicant will "give in" and go back to work despite knowing their disability will only worsen and be forced to quit as a result. Or perhaps, they simply want you to "give up" in hopes that you'll just become a part of the "22 a day". Lastly, I would like to add that I find it incomprehensible each and every time I read or hear about social security benefits depleting, yet, welfare, food stamps and free housing are readily available to those who have never worked, only work the bare minimum (to avoid losing benefits), or have no intention of EVER working!! Well, GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
8/4/2018 11:13:38 PM

Hey Administrator Judge. You better be reading this. I was denied, but how is different. He committed perjury by changing 2 things said by me and the vocational expert-I never once left the house to babysit. He made it sound like I did. The vocational expert clearly said no to working. He wrote down light work. I’m seeing him again, and this time I’m homeless. That puts further issue on my mental state already. Also, being part Native American, wendigo psychosis is a real thing. Also means for the past 3 years he’s been sitting on a smoking gun. I also have proof of the perjury.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
4/4/2018 10:07:56 AM

When I appeared by him he was curt, condescending, and unprofessional. He is the worst judge in the ODAR history; look at his stats it speaks volumes. I pity the claimant that has to appear before him.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
4/4/2018 9:56:51 AM

The first ALJ I appeared in front of and the worst ALJ in history. He is curt, condescending, and unprofessional. I hope he is terminated, retires, or you know what before the next claimant appears in front of him.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
4/2/2018 11:00:01 PM

I have been before Judge Sweda twice. He walked into the room and I’m positive he had already made his decision prior to my hearings. When he denied me the first time, I filed an appeal. My case then was reviews by a Judge in Elizabeth City and he said Sweda got it wrong! He said Judge Sweda should have granted me my disability. At that point that Federal Judge decided to send my case back in front of Judge Sweda so he could correct his decision. Well Swed didn’t reverse his decision! He went against the appealic Judge!! He called me a drug addict several times! During this time my father died from liver cancer. To honor my father by getting a small tattoo on my shoulder. Judge Sweda said if I could get a tattoo I could work! I broke down crying and he said that was an act! Judge Sweda is arrogant, rude, and a pompous ***! I’ve now been granted my disability by a Federal Judge! When I get my settlement and start receiving my benefits I want to tell Judgr Sweda in person to **** ** ************* ***!!!

Judge: John T Molleur
3/8/2018 11:50:37 AM

Judge Molleur denied my case. I had lumber fusion of the l4,l5, S1 with all of my attending physicians writing that I am unable to work. Even the Dr that sits in the hearing stated on record that hypothetically he cannot do any work of any type. I was in severe pain and and was unable to sit while the hearing was going on. However the Judge still denied me. How unfair the people that need it can't get it.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
3/2/2018 8:55:04 AM

This man Contradicts everything he ******* says and honestly I want to burn this *** ******* alive I ***** him and his family I want all his children and his children’s children to all have disabilities and to not be able to work but him to say they can do jobs that don’t exist where they live I hope he **** ** **** for eternity 🤬😡

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
1/19/2018 7:58:40 AM

I am incredibly impressed with Her knowledge and attention to detail. She took the time to review my case ahead of time and asked the right questions. I am a white woman and disagree with so many of these negative reviews about race. Just be HONEST. She can see right through you. She’s doing her job and doing it right.

Judge: Edward T Morriss
11/17/2017 2:16:46 PM

I think all Judges after my experience with this one should have to be educated on AUTISM TERMINOLOGY how can someone judge something they know nothing about .Even though I tried to help him. VOCAL TICS OR VOCAL STIMMS ARE NOT THE SAME THING AS BED WETTING.Ha Ha Ha .And how can a child be pre school age in the year 2015 But as written this same child be in kindergarten in 2014 being evaluated by the school. I don't know does not add up to me. And how did this child only go to 9 therapies when for two years we have been going to 4 therapies a week with 6 therapies in total all of them once a week for two years .This as well does not add up. Does it ?And no mention or did you notice the physical impairment of this poor child .You did not see that he had leg braces on .Shame Shame Shame. Well I will say one thing because of this experience with this judge I will not stop till all disability judges have to take a course and be certified that they pass that course to be able to judge AUTISM. I am not just my sons mother but I am also my sons advocate surprise ! Help is on the way AUTISM COMMUNITY . I will not stop we all have enough on us .We want help and we want answers.

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

Judge: Edward T Morriss
5/8/2017 9:49:27 AM

Derrick Randall
Judge: Ronald Sweeda
2/9/2017 8:04:32 AM

I had my hearing with judge Sweeda yesterday and found him to be a very serious and stern which I have no problem with. He was very curteyous and made sure I understood totally what he was saying and doing. Judge Sweeda treated me with respect and dignity through out the whole process; I applaud his leadership!

Antoinette Hatch
Judge: Regina L Warren
2/6/2017 7:46:52 PM

Judge Warren is very clear and very fair she is a magnificent judge and very thoughtful and respectful about her Client's case she takes her cases very serious. I Love her work!

Judge: John T Molleur
11/14/2016 6:49:41 PM

All I can say about Judge John T Molleur is he is fair. I was told by my own attorney he was mean and all that but I didn't feel any hostility from him at all, he let me explain my situation no matter how long I took. I had my hearing on 8 Sept 2016 and was told my case was approved on 10 Nov 2016. Now just waiting on my letter and back pay. The thing he wanted was me to change my onset date which I totally approved of, so I have nothing negative to say about him, he asked what he's required to ask but obviously he agreed with me. The Vocational expert did say there was no job for me to do as well, I guess that helped but I haven't gotten my package yet.

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!!!

Paul L. Jenkins, Esq.
Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
9/2/2016 8:50:33 PM

He is impeccably well versed in the content of every case before him, and has genuine regard for lawyers who are as well prepared as he is. As a successful attorney who dedicated his practice to SSDI Law for 10 years, I have the greatest respect for Judge Wilson's high standards in conducting hearings, and his fidelity to the proper application of Social Security Disability law. He is a fair and principled model of all that an ALJ should be.

Judge: Regina L Warren
6/21/2016 8:59:21 AM

She was very thorough in her explanation of the case and broke it down so a lay person, like myself, could understand and comprehend their case.

Adam Dubuque
Judge: Gregory M Hamel
5/31/2016 1:23:51 AM

4am another sleepless night keeping my wife awake before her shift so I decided to get this out. I'm not sure how this man sleeps at night or lives with himself. I'm in Florida and got this judge from va. He begins by stating I'm extra on his already beyond case load. I'm 40 and he makes a point to state that as well. My case was decided exactly as the ones written here. He even said that the facts of the case Dr reports my disability without doubt but my testimony went against that. His questioning made my testimony seem that way. He asked if I take my children to Dr appointments or ever have been to one of their school necessities and made it out like I did on a daily basis. I haven't even to this day worked since 2009 date of injury and my wife is supporting me and 3 children and already left once out of dispair due to money problems and she still thinks about and talks about it. I have metal plates and screws in both legs. Fusions in my neck sustained working at a mattress warehouse with no help carrying California king mattress by myself. I have worked my whole life until now started bussing tables at age 15. I have a failed lumbar surgery probably because physical therapy popped my stitches doing things I'm sure I shouldn't have. I barely sleep at night if at all and have no way to support my children I am sick all of the time physically and I did appeal good luck with that. I hope this man enjoys his nice home and warm meals while my family suffers because I couldn't get the services I worked my whole life and when I could no longer do so could not get. You would think with attorneys present they would see these things and maybe do something about it but these judges are those bread and butter so another good luck. Its a shame when our system is ran this way and abused. Gregory Hamel you are a perfect example of what's wrong in the system.

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?

Judge: Edward T Morriss
3/9/2016 3:03:16 PM

This man is utterly clueless. He hasn't got the faintest idea how to apply Social Security's Rulings to the facts. For example, he found, without the aid of a VE, that a limitation to frequent handling and fingering has no impact on the light, unskilled job base. The Appeals Council will be busy dealing with these decisions.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
2/24/2016 1:17:50 AM

I just looked at his status and he has 100% denial rate....

Chanda Dicke
Judge: Carl B Watson
12/15/2015 12:35:56 PM

Very kind judge -- took away all of the fear because of his understanding, questions, and time to speak. I went without an attorney and it seemed to go well. I really felt like he "heard me." I still have not received the results -- but feel sure that he will do what is "right." Thank you Judge Watson.

Judge: John T Molleur
12/13/2015 7:18:02 PM

i seen him on 12 8 2015 when should i expect to here from him?????????

Clyde Barden
Judge: Ethan A Chase
12/5/2015 7:57:30 PM

I was very nervous at my hearing and couldn't explain all my problems but with Sarcoidosis it takes no activities at all to suffer day in and day out with severe pains and pulmonary problems of abnormal breathing.I didn't get a chance to explain the muscle discomfort with numbness throughout my body caused by sarcoids scaring between my soft tissue and bones which causes severe aches and pain..polyarthritis causing swelling and severe pain in my foot,ankle,knees,shoulders and elbows, that also causes me shortness of breath cause the pain are so severe.. I deal with skin rashes and scabies on my face,chest,back and legs that burns and itches.. I also have a high Gout level in my foot that causes me not to be able to where laced shoes and pain and stiffness in my shoulder... the fact that it cause no activities to suffer from these symptoms causes depression that adds on to my fatigue and causes chaos in concentration.. As one of my physicians stated; I'm all around screwed...

Judge: Richard LaFata
8/15/2015 6:56:10 PM

Have a hearing in September with Judge Lafata, is their anyone who could give me some feedback on Mr. Lafata? Thanks in advance!

George Yarbrough
Judge: Ronald Sweeda
7/17/2015 2:50:20 PM

I had my hearing today before Judge Sweeda. although I do not think I will win my case,I feel he conducted himself as a professional. I appreciated that I was treated with respect,dignity and compassion.

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.

Pat McCusker
5/24/2015 9:51:13 AM

This is the most fair ALJ I have ever encountered.

Judge: John T Molleur
1/29/2015 4:58:54 PM

i have to go in front of him what should i expect

Judge: Edward T Morriss
1/2/2015 9:18:39 AM

I had my hearing in October 2014 with Judge Morris and I am happy to say that I I just received a fully favorable decision in the mail. I had come here and read comments about this judge many times before court and was scared to death to appear in front of him. I kept calm and talked to my attorney basically while he listened. He only asked me a handful of questions, there was no VE or ME present and I thought sure I was going to lose. I answered all the questions as truthfully as I could and didn't try to sugarcoat anything. Everything I said matched my medical papers. He listened to my answers and was very nice when he spoke to me. So, for those reading now although he is a tough judge he does give approvals. I pray for those going through all this. It is hard and I was very close to being homeless. With the help of my children we have barely made it. I am still waiting for benefits so I am not out of the water yet. God Bless the ones coming to this site now.

Judge: Carl B Watson
12/10/2014 11:02:21 AM

I have not received my decision yet but I have to say that Judge Watson maybe the most compassionate judge that I have ever met . He is really engaged during testimony and he listens to every word . If u are lucky to get this judge I would say your chances are probably 50/50 . He has a poker face so u can't tell one way or the other .

Benjamin Fortner III
Judge: Carl B Watson
11/25/2014 4:21:04 PM

I had my court date on 11-6-2014. My attorney and I were well prepared. My doctors record well documented everything we said impaired me mentally and physically. I have not received the judgement at this time. ILJ Carl B Watson was very nice and he had a tremendous amount of respect for my attorney and I. He was well prepared and already had a lot knowledge about me and my disabilities. He deserves all the respect from anyone who goes before him. Thanks Judge Carl B Watson.

Judge: Regina L Warren
11/2/2014 2:26:46 PM

Judge Warren very thorough, competent. By the book & efficient...

Judge: Edward T Morriss
10/28/2014 10:27:07 AM

I had the unfortunate circumstance to have Judge Morriss as my judge for my hearing. I thought that only after a hearing can a judge make a decision. Isn't that what a hearing is for? This judge determined my case unfavorable before the hearing. A vocational expert was not in attendance. The only reason why a vocation expert would not be in attendance is if the judge decided he is definitely going to find the outcome favorable or definitely find it unfavorable. The 17% approval rate and a 62% denial rate says everything anyone needs to know about him. This is not free money Judge Morriss. I paid over 45 years into Social Security. I hope that Judge Morriss or anyone in his family does not have to suffer hardships and have to go groveling to a man like him. Judge Morriss - There but for the grace of God go I. Shame on you.

Judge: Edward T Morriss
10/24/2014 8:40:51 PM

My husband is 90% disabled with a joint finding of the VA and DOD rating scale. He was denied by Judge Morriss after waiting almost the full 6 months for his decision. Two medical boards found that he was unable to do any reasonable/relatable work and that he was no longer able to function under the normal requirements of the general work force and still denied by Judge Morriss! We are currently asking for an appeal on the council level and I truly hope his stats finally reach the appropriate eyes and something is done about him.

Judge: Carl B Watson
10/9/2014 3:23:30 PM

There couldn't be a nicer, understanding, and respectful judge in all of the SS judges. He looked at all of my papers, asked questions, allowed me to explain and in the end wished me the best of luck. If you get him and you are disabled...he will judge you fairly

Katherine Clark
Judge: Ronald Sweeda
9/17/2014 7:28:09 PM

I went in front of this judge on March of 2014. He came in with obvious bias about my disability from the beginning and nothing was going to change his mind. He focused on questions that had nothing to do with my disability. He was very rude, intimidating, and condescending. Many of the things he said in the hearing were incorrect, but I did not get a proper chance to defend them. He dismissed everything that I said, my doctors said, and even the vocational expert in his denial letter to me. There were so many false statements in the denial letter that I cannot even count them. He gave very limited weight to all of the people I mentioned above except for doctors on the Disability Determination Board who never even saw me. He even listed doctors in my denial letter saying they had seen me, but I never even heard of them. I was advised by my attorney that there was no use appealing because it would take over a year and probably just go back to him. Since his opinion was the only one that mattered in my case, even above my doctors, why would he ever change his mind. My attorney said there would have to be legal errors to even be considered for appeal, and that appeals rarely win. I was told it was better to file an entirely new claim after three years since my first claim so as not to wait a year to be denied an appeal, just to have to file again then anyway. My doctor even had to write a rather scathing letter to Judge Sweeda, as his comments about my doctor were so incorrect and liable. It was the most awful experience I have ever had. I am going to new attorneys because I do have a good case I have been told to have my closed file reopened for General Bias, among many other things including provable mistakes by my medical records and the hearing transcript itself. I just warn you to beware of these things if you get him as your judge. Good luck!

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
8/30/2014 3:58:53 PM

I had my case in front of Judge Henderson in August of 2014, and I don't know if I've been approved or not yet. Still waiting on a letter. Judge Henderson was very to the point but he allowed me to comment and explain anytime I felt I needed to, he also allowed my witness plenty of time to speak. He was respectful and I didn't feel rushed when giving testimony. He made sure I was aware of my right to have a representative before the hearing started, but I choose to proceed without one. I feel like Judge Henderson will treat anyone fairly that goes in with a good attitude and is respectful. But he is very blunt and to the point. All in all, he seemed to be a good judge.

Judge: Carl B Watson
8/27/2014 7:16:17 AM

Very polite and respectful...Decision was made in one month...He made the experience easy. .Best Judge you could have

Judge: James H Scott
7/31/2014 3:03:13 PM

Judge Scott was a blessing for me. He was professional, let my attorney handle all the questions which took about 5 minutes. The whole hearing took about 15 minutes. When the hearing was over he informed me and my lawyer that he was finding in my favor with only a modification to my date of the disability. This was agreed to by me and my lawyer and the judge at the beginning of the hearing

So discouraged, dont know what else to do
Judge: Marcus Christ
4/4/2014 10:50:28 PM

I had my case before judge Christ on February 2014... As with anyone I was nervous and very stressed from the process... I felt that my case was treated unfair because though I only have a temporary handicap placard I have days that I experience severe pain... I have several different specialist that I see and im on at least 10 to 15 meds, yet I was denied for benefits... I swell, I drop things, I get nervous and uneasy around people sometimes... I have ibs, fibromylagia, asthma, endometriosis, bipolar disorder, migraines, insomia, dizzy spells... Im sure its not considered disability because its not shown on the outside, but I have visual photos and have had different procedures done due to my illness and still receiving ongoing treatment... Why is it hard for those who have paid into social security so difficult to get whats due to them when they have medical issues... Doctors dont prescribe meds to those whom are well and I wouldnt have to be seen by doctors and specialist for nothing... Now, I understand why a lot of people be depressed and cant survive... Our rights are being stripped by the government.... Its embarrassing when u cant feel comfortable out in public and live a normal everyday life...

Judge: Edward T Morriss
2/24/2014 1:57:58 PM

I had a hearing with this judge in October. It is now almost March. Only one action has been taken on my case. I was informed by SSA that he has 6 months to make a decision. It seems as though he is going to take every moment of that time to make a decision. If you happen to read this Judge Morriss, you should consider that citizens (you know..the people who worked and paid taxes?) can't sustain years without income. The time you take to deny far more claims than you approve can leave people homeless, and penniless. I understand that you must consider all arguments, but these delays are cruel and damaging to families. All I can say is that while I found you to be polite and professional, your lengthy decision making process is unfair. If you believe that every disabled person should wait this long after an already long hearing process, you do not have our interests at heart. While you collect a paycheck, some of us are struggling to feed our families. I worked for this insurance. I got hurt. I didn't ask for this. I am sure that I will not be one of the few that you feel qualifies for the insurance I paid into because I had the misfortune of being randomly assigned to your docket. All I can say is that I hope you are a better person in the real world than you are within ODAR. I will appeal my case to next level, and it will be overturned or I will file a new claim and hope that I get a judge who realizes that those cases stacking up in front of them represent real people who need their cases heard and answered. God bless you, Judge Morriss. Everyone has to answer to someone for their indifference and hatred for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Judge: James H Scott
1/30/2014 10:24:41 AM

Although the total hearing time took about 15 mins. and we barely had any time to talk, I felt that judge Scott was a compassionate judge with a clear understanding of suffering. We haven't gotten a decision yet but he made it sound fairly certain that we would be approved. Wish our lawyer was as outstanding as this man. Shes a total nut case.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
1/27/2014 4:01:15 PM

This ALJ is the rudest and most malicious I have encountered. I gather he has never experienced any personal hardship because he appears incapable of relating to people in need. He appears to think that he is personally responsible for protecting the government against the 47%, and in achieving this mission, he operates from a position of total distrust of the claimant. I'm told that this guy is an instructor for other ALJs. If that's true, God help us all.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
12/20/2013 9:52:47 AM

She is very rude and asks bizarre questions of the Claimant as well as the Rep. To the person who rhetorically asked "is she supposed to be Mary Poppins?" No, but one would expect that she could simply treat the people in her presence as human beings as opposed to complete scum not worth her precious time. Many, many other ALJs seem to have no problem just doing that.

Ashley D. Lloyd
Judge: Ronald Sweeda
12/5/2013 6:55:02 PM

I received my hearing date letter in the mail today. I am very hopeful. I probably should not have read these reviews because they are frightening. I will have judge Sweeda and I have read both good and bad reviews. He has one of the highest denial rates listed on this page however I feel if I am truthful and show him how my RA really affects my life that he will approve my case. I was born with this disease and always said I would never go on disability but that is not always was God has planned for us I guess. Good Luck to those of you going through the same things and I pray that Judge Sweeda truly hears me and is understanding. I am nervous but ready to speak my case and hope for the best.

Judge: Nicole S Forbes-Schmitt
10/14/2013 4:04:58 AM

I had my disability hearing in May 2013 with Judge Nicole S Forbes Schmitt. I have to admit that I was very nervous about the hearing, but I think most of my nervousness came from the fact I had viewed this site several times before my hearing. I think reading all the angry and upset comments made it difficult to have a positive outlook. I do understand that this disability process is dragged out too long and can be very frustrating. The fact that I went for TWO YEARS without any type of income caused me a great deal of stress. I was found disabled by Judge Forbes-Schmitt. She was very business-like and detail-oriented but still came across as kind and caring. I was pleasantly surprised after reading the majority of comments on this site which truthfully had me scared to death! If you have a hearing coming up, take my advice and stop reading these posts now! The best thing you can do is make sure you submit all your medical info like xrays, test results and doctors notes. Make sure you get a Disability Lawyer to represent you...don't go into a hearing alone. When the Judge asks you a question, be sure to answer only what you are asked(don't trail off-it might get you in trouble!) and always be truthful. I wish you all the best of luck. (and I hope you are scheduled with Judge Nicole S Forbes Schmitt!)

kathy mcgee
Judge: Regina L Warren
10/5/2013 12:12:59 AM

SHe is great & was very nice

Judge: Edward T Morriss
9/24/2013 1:29:50 PM

I just found out that Judge Morriss is going to be my ALJ. Looking at his statistics, I am wondering if I should even bother going. My disability has been life changing for my whole family, but I now doubt that I am going to see a dime of the money I worked to pay into the system that is supposed to protect me should I become disabled. His approval rating is 16% less than ALL ALJ's in his office. That to me sounds like he is more likely to deny cases that other judges would approve. I sincerely hope that I receive a fair chance at trial, but I have my doubts. There are no other comments here regarding this judge, but I am preparing for what will most likely be a loss. I did find out that judges review the case before the cases are scheduled to determine if there is enough evidence to make a favorable decision without a hearing. If the case is reviewed prior to scheduling, why would the outcome be any different 30 days later? It would seem any judge has already made up their mind before going to hearing. That borders on prejudice if you ask me. I hope that I am wrong about this judge and his record. I hope that I am the 1 in 4 that wins. If not, I have no idea how we are going to make it. I worked for this insurance, it was not handed to me/

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
9/18/2013 6:21:18 AM

I don't know why everyone is putting Judge Henderson down. I found him to be a very reasonable, fair and just Judge. If you appear before him and you're honest and don't have an attitude, he will treat you fairly. So many people appear before judges and act like they are owed something! And far too many people just plain out lie to judges! These people just don't seem to understand that the judges are well-educated, professional people who have had a lot of experience with people lying to them.

clyde jones
Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
8/23/2013 6:50:27 AM

judge Wilson is very rude and unfair he needs to remember he is a small time judge not a doctor - he denied my claim mainly because I had went on a vacation the year before - I did not know people with a disability were not allowed to go on a vacation - I worked in the construction field for over 30 years as a brick mason my back is shot - I do not wish the pain I have on anyone but if Wilson could have him some of it for a few days maybe he would be more understanding and a better judge

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
4/17/2013 6:41:36 AM

Slight correction, that should read “not entirely credible” on mine, but substantially the same as BJORNSON v. ASTRUE on which the ALJ decision was reversed.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
4/17/2013 6:30:27 AM

My denial contained the following words. Google these words and read the first link. “After careful consideration of the evidence, the undersigned finds that the claimant's medically determinable impairments would reasonably be expected to cause the alleged symptoms; however, the claimant's statements concerning the intensity, persistence and limiting effects of these symptoms are not credible...” As the Court noted, it has previously criticized this "template" language - provided by the SSA to its judges to insert into their decisions - as "meaningless boilerplate."

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
4/12/2013 1:27:48 PM

It would be nice of Judge Wilson to keep an open mind instead of trying to look for any reason to deny a case. Obviously these cases are borderline cases and all have positives and negatives. Keep in mind the standard of review.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
4/12/2013 10:35:53 AM

Very rude and disrespectful. This guy needs to be reminded what the real world is like. He's a complete drain on the tax payers.

Judge: Regina L Warren
4/10/2013 4:09:49 PM

Cold and lacking in any apparent human empathy in the face of claimnts who are really hurting.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
4/10/2013 7:11:50 AM

Appeals Council and judge Hamel both in Falls Church VA office. How convenient. Prove to me this isn't a rubber stamped back patting decision already set up and predetermined. Are those on the Appeals Council thinking independently are are you good old boy go along with the flow until you reach retirement types? I'll be watching that very closely and not afraid to write my Senators and anyone else who might be interested

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
3/26/2013 10:06:13 AM

Alleged judge (liar) Gregory M. Hamel writes in regards to the SSDI doctor “the stress test was inconclusive” The report actually reads “The stress test done today was inconclusive. Because of continuing symptoms of chest pain, he should have repeat catheterization” Liar Gregory M. Hamel writes “there is no indication the medications are not working” yet the SSDI doctor wrote “His BP is poorly controlled and he becomes very fatigued easily” It's interesting how LIAR Hamel can read the parts of the doctors report that he uses to deny but for some reason cannot comprehend the parts of the report that support my disability. The entire denial is like that, one lie after the next.

Don Spriggsdosp
Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
3/24/2013 8:21:31 PM

I think that Judge Elmore is on point. So many are complaing about her demeanor. My question is, " Was she suppose to be Mary Poppins? She has a job to do. I am sure she has a heavy case load, Awith many questionable claims. From what I have read here many that have posted seem to be white. And they feel it is a race issue. Tisk tisk I say to you. Then I offer because many of your people denied so many blacks you feel she is doing the same to you. Sad for you. However, Judge Elmore is a bigger person than that.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
3/16/2013 7:52:31 AM

When you have liars like Gregory M. Hamel, It doesn't make any difference what your doctor says, he will rewrite the reports to read how he want's to support a wrongful denial. ALJ's like Gregory Hamel are nothing more than murderers, they deserve a seat on a new bench named “Old Sparky”.

Judge: Carl B Watson
3/8/2013 7:11:04 PM

I had my hearing in front of this judge on 3-7-2013. I was very nervous going in with not knowing what to expect. I read the reviews on this site and was really scared of going in for my hearing. But I have to say that this judge is very respectful. Although I do not know the decision made on my case, I do not think that there is a better judge that you could want. He was very nice, respectful, prepared, and listened to everything my attorney and I had to say.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
3/5/2013 8:27:32 PM

Alleged judge hamel will quote half of a sentence that appears to support his decision, but if the entire sentence is quoted the result becomes quite the opposite. Obviously has an agenda of denial regardless of the facts on record. Has no credibility and should be removed.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
3/2/2013 8:37:52 PM

Why are people like this in this line of work so they can destroy as many peoples lives as possible in the shortest amount of time. He will look for a reason to deny you don't say you can wipe your own butt he will deem you are able to work.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/26/2013 5:32:33 PM

I Googled the VE before my hearing expecting to find their qualifications. Imagine my horror when I walk into the hearing and find the VE is the same person I found to be known as Inmate #193120. What's even worse is Gregory M. Hamel found the VE credible but said I was not. Judge Hamel and others like him need to be removed from their job before doing further damage to those of us in need who have been denied by this sham of a system.

2/20/2013 8:14:17 AM

This judge is cold-hearted and has no empathy for mental illness claimants. He not only called three psychiatrist and a social security psychologist, two primary doctors liars but me as well. His problem is since he can't see the illness physically then you can work. I believe he wants me to go out in the workplace and have one of my mental breakdowns whereby I hurt someone or vice-versa for him to see that a person that suffers with bipolar I & II are very moody people who can't always control themselves. I also suffer with manic depression, PSTD, social anxiety, anxiety, claustophic, panic attacks, OCD, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease,etc. I am a 50 year old black female who has worked 30 years of her life always giving and caring for others. I have attempted suicide twice because I am my wits end. It took almost 4 years for this unfair system to tell me no I don't qualify for sdi in which I paid into the system. I guess, I will have to prove to this ### and the rest of them that I refuse to let others come here and live off of me when they never worked a day in this country.

Judge: Augustus C Martin
2/19/2013 9:24:36 AM

RIP - Hon Augustus C. Martin departed this earth on Friday, February 15, 2013, after succumbing to injuries sustained in an automobile accident one week earlier. His decisions may not always have been to my liking, but Judge Martin always treated clients and his fellows with respect. He had a good sense of humor and a quick wit, and he will be missed.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/16/2013 2:22:18 PM

Thanks for nothing judge. I have been suffering 53 years and thought maybe I'll finally get some relief for my ailments and a diagnosis for my neurological issues and perhaps for once have a life or at least less uncertainty and misery as I continue to get worse. I've been borrowing money since my heart attack for medications and to keep my appointments with the cardiologist hoping to pay it back when I'm approved for disability as everyone said I would be. You set out to find discrepancies that do not exist and you rewrote the doctors reports to support your denial while ignoring my doctor. Even the doctors reports SSA sent me to for function report support severe disability yet you think you know better. You aren't fooling me with the way you turned the time line around to read different than the way it was. Apparently peoples lives are a game with you. You think everyone is lying. You should have to go through all the slammed doors we do and be made to see what it's like. What goes so far wrong in a person who is supposed to work for the people and calls themselves judges when in reality they are looking for excuses to sign your death warrant? You judge Hamel have no credibility or reason to be respected by anyone. You blatantly lied on my report. Do you sleep at night knowing you have denied people the very minimal care they deserve and qualify for? Do you even realize how wrong you are or are you so narcissistic you actually believe you're god?

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/15/2013 8:08:59 AM

I waited 2.5 years for this?! What an obnoxious POS. He shot down my attorney at every turn and when attorney wanted to hold open the record to check on supposed jobs they were denied, yet allowed the VE to ramble on about jobs that weren't even available and I am not anywhere able to do. I can see why they video conference, where I grew up this judge wouldn't have made it out of the parking lot.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/10/2013 7:46:25 AM

Apparently known as “Death Panel Hamel” I can tell from reading these reviews of various “judges” the real problem in the system is no punitive damages or at least legal rate of interest to be paid if eventually approved. Without punishment for denying legitimate claims and twisting the evidence to fit the way you want, if you are approved eventually all they pay is what you were owed to begin with. I suppose most quit or die before then and SSA think they come out ahead but if the numbers of hours were added up in manpower I doubt they save anything. It's obvious they have a budget of dollars and figure out how many they can approve then wipe the slate clean after they hit that number regardless of legitimacy.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/9/2013 9:07:56 AM

Continued from previous post..... Reading the opinion from judge Gregory M. Hamel he claims my physical examination was normal and the treadmill stress test was inconclusive. He then goes on to make it look like it was a separate visit where my blood pressure was noted as high and then I was given medication. He is either wrong or lying because the stress test is what caused the blood pressure rise, it was at the same visit, but judge Hamel tries to make it sound as if the blood pressure issue was just discovered. I was diagnosed much earlier in the hospital ER with high blood pressure and was on blood pressure medication at the time of the stress test, which proves the medication was not working and/or I still had restrictions in my arteries. Yet again, judge Hamel further in on the report writes there is no indication the medications I’m on are not being effective. He also said I “claim” to have pain but take nothing for it, yet in my many filings with SS I mention several times what I take for pain and that it does little good. The entire opinion goes on like that and many other items just as twisted. If anyone at Social Security reads these posts I hope you look into this. I’m in serious need. I assume you want me to die and go away, while I very well could die from lack of medical care, I WILL NOT GO AWAY.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/9/2013 9:07:10 AM

I received an unfavorable opinion from judge Hamel as well with similar wording to others, despite two severe impairments even Hamel agrees with (there are others as well). Social Security had sent me to their doctor for evaluation and I told them I would be unsteady and unable to walk a treadmill due to muscle fatigue and muscular skeletal problems along with documented severely restricted arteries. I would be placing myself in danger by attempting it. I also had a pinched nerve in my leg where they had entered my artery for catheterization and I knew this would cause great pain. I was forced and coerced into getting on the treadmill and as soon as it started I told the Dr. I cannot walk this fast and he ignored me, within seconds I was gasping for air, fatigued and was about to fall off at which time the doctor stopped the treadmill. They checked my blood pressure and it was dangerously high, they allowed me to rest and checked again at intervals after and my BP took a long time to come down. The doctor acknowledged my BP rise was severe and said he would note it but call the entire visit inconclusive.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/8/2013 2:24:51 PM

Gregory M Hamel. It's obvious by reading his opinions he spins, ignores, or downplays evidence to meet his denial quota. Truly nothing more than a government hit man whose job function is similar to a street level prostitute, the pimp being the Social Security Administration. His facial expressions are so ridiculously phony he shows obvious contempt for people in serious need while signing their death sentence. Judge Gregory M. Hamel represents everything that's wrong with our country, denies legitimate claims, isolated from the real world and telling claimants there are free doctors. I'd love to see these free doctors, I've called every list there is and haven’t found one yet. Not sure if he's that far out of touch or just a plain liar?

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/6/2013 11:36:02 AM

I was born with severe neurological muscular problems and have suffered physically my entire life and that has progressed and gotten worse with time. I've been humiliated and called names my entire life because of my weakness, I fight my bodies every move. I grew up very poor and had so little medical attention my problems were never diagnosed and those few medical records are now purged. After reading a pamphlet upon discharge from the hospital for heart attack, I discover I may be eligible for Social Security Disability. All my life I've been discriminated against because of my disability and now I'm told I am not disabled according to some statute. These people don't care if you are disabled or receive help, it's all about how can we hide behind some statute and make the circumstances appear to support denial when the exact opposite is true. There were so many untruths, fabrications, and ignoring of statements its as if the opinion was written without consideration of anything presented. The callous disregard for the truth makes one feel raped. I find Judge Hamel's opinion to be such an outrageous contempt for truth and human decency, I cannot imagine how he dare take money from our government as pay for such blatant disregard for people who are legitimately long suffering as myself.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/6/2013 11:34:56 AM

Do they teach these judges how to make pained facial expressions as if to express they don't believe you? Hamel was doing that constantly and I found it totally repulsive. I find it amazing he gave my doctor, a Harvard grad who interned at Mass General, a limited weighting because he 'claims' it was not a function by function report and then gives great weight to the State agency (they paid for) who did nothing but ask a few questions and said my blood pressure spiked sky high when I tried to walk on a treadmill. There could be no complete report from the state doctor because basically nothing was done.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/5/2013 9:36:35 AM

Agree with the previous reviews of judge Gregory Hamel. It's obvious he decides a case outside the facts. He finds more credible any evidence that supports his finding and ignores or misconstrues evidence that does not support his view. When there is nothing to support his view, he makes it up. If one Google's past law suits brought upon the Social Security Administration based on judge Hamel's opinions, you'll see almost "cut and paste" opinions repeated. It's as if judge Gregory Hamel is just going through the numbers game and rubber stamping decisions to not approve a claim. Judge Gregory M. Hamel is exactly why the public fears Obamacare, death sentences handed out by self impressed mediocrity putting in their time and being paid taxpayer money to deny people in need what is theirs to begin with. What a disgrace to our country people like Judge Hamel are.

Judge: Gregory M Hamel
2/4/2013 5:36:06 PM

Twists reports to read the way he want's to back his decisions to deny. Dismisses top notch doctors reports while giving heavy weighting to the SHILL Social Security paid "doctor" reports. The doctors Social Security uses are bottom rung who are obviously so desperate for the S.S. dollars they'll say whatever S.S. want's to hear, and even when those reports side with a disability applicant Judge Hamel changes the report to read as he wants it. Has absolutely NO BUSINESS being a Judge, he is biased.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
12/17/2012 6:31:25 PM

She's way out in left field. Look at her rating of approval. SS has got to love her

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
12/14/2012 1:38:55 PM

She is rude to the client and attorney (or rep). To the attys - don't back down...she is still bound by the law whether she believes she is or not. I can't wait to have her any decision she denies overturned on appeal.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
11/22/2012 6:27:13 AM

I had my hearing on Oct.19,2012 with Judge Sweeda.He was very professional.He made sure that I understood everything that was said.That was 5 weeks ago and I am still waiting for a decision.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
11/15/2012 3:08:23 PM

I thought that he was being very up front and went by the rules he is supposed to go by.

Judge: Richard L Vogel
11/8/2012 7:17:54 PM

I like Judge Vogel. He iss tough, but consistently tough. I have never seen any evidence of bias and he will rule favorably if the evidence is there. His bar may be a bit higher than some ALJs, but he is consistent and polite to claimants and counsel alike.

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
11/7/2012 10:23:33 AM

Very firm,serious, and Professional. He took everything in account for my disability at 58 years old. Awarded me my SSDI in 15 minutes!

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
10/30/2012 12:17:06 PM

ALJ has a very low approval rating and perhaps she is biased but with a rating that low she is denying just about everybody. Claims of racial bias are nonsense.

Judge: Ralph P Dodds
10/15/2012 5:28:33 AM

RIP Judge Dodds. He demonstrated many qualities that all Judges should have. He was patient and actually showed he was interested in the lives and medical problems of the people who appeared before him. When they seemed to be nervous or got confused, he would make gentle little jokes that were not sarcastic or argumentative, to put people at ease. He could ask follow up questions without showing annoyance or impatience. He certainly did not approve all claims, but he treated the claimants whose cases he heard with respect, as people with problems rather than just another file to be processed. He interacted with the claimant's attorneys in a professional way.

Judge: Charles W Dorman
10/14/2012 6:30:45 AM

Charles Dorman is a retired Brigadier General from the Marine Corp. His military history is reflected in his approach to his work as an ALJ by his sense of obligation to duty. I had the pleasure of being before him many times during his time in Tallahassee. He was always very prepared. No matter how large the file, he was familiar with every page of the claimant's file. Although he didn't have a background in Social Security Law, he learned the law quickly. I did not always agree with his determinations, but when he denied a case, his denials where well founded. Obviously, not all cases are clear cut, and could go either way.

Judge: Thomas G Henderson
10/10/2012 12:00:21 PM

When I had my case in front of him he was rushing my attorney and cutting my attorney off. The craziest thing was him rolling his eye and head in the first 5 min of the case. I would not be surprised if he did not hear anything me or my attorney had to say.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
10/1/2012 12:41:59 PM

Based on her approval rating, I am certain the claimant's race is not a factor; hardly anyone gets paid.

Judge: Gregory M. Wilson
9/27/2012 1:05:44 PM

Judge Wilson can be very tough, but the rep who works his file well and is prepared to put forth a good solid argument for his client will find Judge Wilson receptive.

Judge: Carl B Watson
9/15/2012 6:04:40 AM

Very kind man. Well prepared and treats everyone with respect.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
9/6/2012 4:26:51 AM

ask any attorney and they will tell you that McFadden is not a fair ALJ. Why she is still in the ODARS office is beyond me. Look at her record, it speaks for itself. She doesn't seem to comprehend doctors notes, records. If a person has 6 doctors saying this person cannot work then what is the problem? She should be investigated. It would seem she is only in her position for money and not for the office she holds

Judge: Ronald Sweeda
8/17/2012 7:32:56 AM

Has he transfered to the North Charleston,SC ODAR ? Hope not..He sounds like a real JERK

Angela m Green
Judge: Ethan A Chase
8/16/2012 6:01:58 PM

Hi my name is Angela Marie Green and I applied for disibility benifits after I had a injury that left me in tremendous pain! I finally found out that I had degenerate **** disorder and herniation, in which I had surgery! I have had like for steriod shots and tryed different pain medications and still in a lot of pain! I cannot sleep and maintain the activities that I use to do without subjecting myself from the agany! This has caused me to be very depressed and overwhelmed. I have been waiting a long time for a hearing and have been feeling scared for my three children! I love them very much and feel like they are going without! I have a attorney but haven't heard anything! I can't even keep my lights on at my house. I know there are others waiting as well; I just wish I didn't have to stand in the dark! If there is anything you can do to help I would kindly appreciate it. Thank You

Judge: Richard L Vogel
8/2/2012 6:11:35 PM

He has the second highest denial rate in the whole office !!! I t is so hard to win a case against this man; I hope he never is on this end of the stick. I didn't stand a chance now I,m back to starting over again. My PTSD has been bad for years ! Now I see how ex military personnel go postal; with judges like this how will any body get approved?

8/1/2012 10:13:47 AM

although judge edison wasnt my judge I understand your frustration my hearing was june 20th and I havent recieved a decision letter in the mail yet. My conditions is left leg ampuation, psoriatic arthritis, and post tramatic stress syndrome. now if that doesnt qualify as disabled after i worked many years in the workforce then what would? I often think the same thing you guys do. what does it take to get approved roll in there on a hospital bed or a wheelchair. however my judge was extremely nice and seemed interested in my case but the low approval rates they have speak for themselves

7/30/2012 4:53:14 PM

This ALJ barely even looked at me during my hearing (June 2012) and never reviewed any medical findings after July 2011, which confirm my diagnosis. Also he basically said I was a liar and therefore denied me any disability benifits at all. I am on 19 prescribed medications, I can barely function while taken them, they have impaired my thinking skills. I also have hyper somnia, means I sleep for hours at any given time of day, but somehow that evidence was not in his report. If I was pushed in to the hearing in a wheel chair with drool hanging from my mouth, maybe he would believe me. But since I am an upbeat person ( to hide all the crap on the inside)he sees me as functional. I have good days and I have bad days , some days I have no pain and other days all I have is pain. I'm a mixed bag-who in their right mind would hire a person like myself? I can't sit or stand for too long, i can only do minimal light non-thinkinh kind of work, I will fall asleep on the job, I will forget the task I've been given and wander the office. I would get fired within a week, that or get that special baseball helmet for my head. this man infuriates me

Miss bi-polar
Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
7/8/2012 7:47:21 AM

As a bi-polar plus other mental health issues with letters from phyciatrist, doctors and so fourth writting that due to my conditions I am unable to work with others or follow the simplest instructions. I was denied by this judge. she didnt even read the last two years of medical reports from my mental health doctors. or the last year from medical doctors. she made up lies in my denial meds run out in a few days and with no income and gov health care that doesnt want to aprove my meds or care because of cost. I take 7 dif meds per day. It will be very interesting to see how my life turns out now. She is very cold and does not understand medical reports and very lazy at her job if she cant read the last two years. dont get this judge unless you are black. she approved a friend that was less off than me but is black and much younger. hopefully the review board will do a better job if not the court system after that. i will keep filing over and over till I find a judge that knows what they are doing. (written by a friend for Miss Bi-polar in her presents and in her own words)

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
6/20/2012 10:04:25 AM

I really wish I could find something good about this ALJ, But I can't find even one positive thing to say. In all my years I have never seen a person as cold and inept to understand a medical report and what is in it. You will find many lies in your denial letter for reasons of such. If you get this judge you may as well not show up and just file a new claim and hope for a ALJ that has good comprehension skills. I would like to know the ratio of Black Vs Whites that have been approved by her.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
6/18/2012 12:35:26 PM

Ms Elmore doesn't take medical information to rule and doesn't know what is in the files. It would seem she uses more personal feelings into her decision. It would seem like she skims over the records what little records she must read. There is no way some people that are being denied should have. If you are getting this judge please do yourself a favor and beg to be switched. SC really need to get rid of this ALJ. A very bad ALJ in my opinion and should not be in the position she is. She should be practicing in private law. All this ALJ is doing is clogging the review boards and federal appeals office with appeals. I have a feeling most of her judgements will be over turned which in turns does nothing but waste money in which SC cant afford.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
6/16/2012 12:07:07 PM

Fabricates false evidence by miss reading doctors reports. Has no idea what doctors are saying in reports. A very bad example of a ALJ. she needs to be investigated. Does not know the claimants file or must be blind as to what is in it if she does read. She doesn't seem to like white people

Judge: Regina L Warren
6/15/2012 1:57:11 PM

You best know your case when you appear before her. She's tough, but fair.

Jennifer Scales
Judge: Ronald Sweeda
6/15/2012 12:17:26 AM

I went in front of this judge on may 11th of this year 2012. I felt very intimidated by him from the minute i walked in the door. I felt he was rude and fake. I also felt it was inappropriate of him to say to me "so I hear you are in a new relationship" and "are you on the internet" and are you on facebook?" i felt very violated to say the least. i felt those questions were too personal. I also feel that he overlooked alot of aspects in my case. such as the fact that i failed my psychiatric examination. I feel that he did not give that enough consideration. I filed for my second appeal and i hope to NOT have him as a judge again.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
6/8/2012 7:52:35 AM

This ALJ is notorious for not knowing the content of the claimant's file, ignoring evidence that does not fit her preconceived notions of the claimant, and dismissing legal argument out of hand if she did not think of it first. Her demeanor is ice-cold. Unlike other bad ALJs who are polite in their direct contact with claimants and representatives, Peggy acts like the whole world is her enemy.

Judge: Nicole S Forbes-Schmitt
5/9/2012 11:56:46 AM

She was over my diability case back in 2010. I thought she was very unfair and even my lawyer thought everything went fine. I soon received a letter telling me I was denied. One reason put on it was "inconsistent information provided by the claimant...conscious intention to mislead." She said I was lying. Everything was in my medical records. I have been fighting SSA ever since.

Judge: Peggy McFadden-Elmore
5/4/2012 6:07:23 AM

She is a very straight forward judge that is fair. She does have a low approval rate but I feel that is due to frivolous claims and new on the job in Columbia SC. If you are truly disabled, I am sure you will be happy with her. If your case is frivolous, she will see right through it.

Judge: Charles W Dorman
3/25/2012 2:27:08 PM

Judge: Ethan A Chase
3/18/2012 12:28:19 PM the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.