Disability Appeals in North Carolina  -   33 Years Experience
David R. Paletta
Disability Attorney

Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Boone
North Carolina

(919) 491-5643


Published by David Paletta

Social Security Disability Appeals
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) 
Administrative Law Judges
Data on Approvals & Denials   
9/26/2015  -  9/30/2016

The 2nd appeal available to an individual who has been denied disability benefits is a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (often referred to as an ALJ).  The Hearing may be in person or via a video conference.

One of the most common questions I am asked is - what are my chances of winning?  The Judge that hears the case is certainly an important factor. 

To find out the approval and denial rates for all ALJ's in North Carolina, plus Kingsport, TN and Greenville, SC, click on the appropriate ODAR below.

I compiled this data from public records provided by the Social Security Administration. While this data is informative, it is important to be aware of its limitations.  Please read the Notes on interpreting this data set forth below.

Charlotte, NC  ODAR 

Fayetteville, NC  ODAR 

Greensboro, NC  ODAR 

Raleigh, NC  ODAR 

Kingsport, TN  ODAR 

Greenville, SC  ODAR

Notes on interpreting this data.

1.  All original data was obtained from the official web site of the Social Security Administration which can be found by clicking  here.

2.  The number of Decisions does NOT include cases that were dismissed.  I deleted dismissals from this data because SSA does not explain the reason for the dismissals.  I suspect most dismissals result from a claimant not pursuing the appeal.  The statistic I seek to report is the Rate of Approval/Denial of disability claims by individual ALJS.  I believe deleting dismissals yields a more accurate percentage than including dismissals.

3.  The percentage of cases Approved includes both Fully Favorable and Partially Favorable Decisions.

4.  This data does NOT indicate whether the claimant was represented.  In my opinion being represented is an important factor in the success of the appeal.  I believe being represented by an experienced attorney increases a claimant's chance of being awarded disability benefits. 

5.  This data showing ALJ approval rates is interesting.  However, it is very important for each claimant to know that the most important factor in your case is whether you have medical records documenting that your impairments meet a Listing of Impairment or a Medical Vocational Guideline which directs a finding of disability.  In 30 plus years of handling disability cases I have never met an ALJ who will award benefits without adequate medical records that prove disability.