Data on Approvals and Denials by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) at the Social Security
Administration Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
9/30/2017 – 9/28/2018.
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 ALJs in Fayetteville, North Carolina, click on the link 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.
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 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.