Friday, January 16, 2009

Social Security Administrative Law Judge History

Each judge in the Social Security disability system has a track record. These records are maintained by the Social Security Administration but were only recently opened to public viewing. The link right here is to the site that deserves much credit for forcing the records to be open for anyone. If you know the name of your judge you can type it in and find out his decision making percentages for the last 3 years. Of course these are but statistics but I have researched a few of the local Judges. Judge Ball issues favorable decisions at the hearing stage 62% of the time, Judge Maddigan 68%, Judge Musseman 48% and Judge Shaffer 70%. What it does suggest is that seeking a hearing after you have been denied can give you a decent chance for a fair decision. These Judges do not just approve the denials so many receive.

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