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The Truth About Social Security Disability Judges

There are over 1,500 Administrative Law Judges in the Social Security Administration that hear Social Security Disability appeals. There is a huge backlog of cases.

Unfortunately, there are judges at both ends of the spectrum.

Some judges award disability benefits more than 85% of the time, while there are other judges that deny benefits 80% of the time.

On average, judge’s award benefits to roughly 60% of their decisions.

While a criminal investigation has been launched on the former ALJ David B. Daughtery in Huntington, Virginia who awarded benefits in every case he saw in the first six months of 2011, that’s the exception and not the rule. The Social Security Disability claim’s process was designed to create uniformity in the decisions. Obviously judges that are on both ends of the spectrum don’t meet that standard.

It’s unfortunate that all Administrative Law Judges are being used as scapegoats when attention should be focused on those judges at either end of the disability awards spectrum.

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  • Larry williams
    Reply June 23, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Are united states social security law judges discriminatory and decide off feelijgs for the applicant to decide if they are disabled or not? If so why can’t medical documentation and exploratory evidence of disability not be enough?

    • Nancy L. Cavey
      Reply June 23, 2022 at 10:54 am

      ALJ’s apply the 5 step sequential evaluation process in deciding whether an
      applicant is entitled to benefits. As part of the adjudication, the ALJ
      reviews the medical evidence but often that does not explain the nature of
      the applicant’s symptoms or how the symptoms impact functionality. That is
      why a hearing can be important.

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