What Did the Administrative Law Judge Deny My Claim?

Posted January 7, 2014

People often have a difficult time understanding why an Administrative Law Judge denied their claim after the hearing. The short answer is there are usually multiple reasons why a claim is denied.

One needs only to look at the website, www.disabilityjudges.com, to review the Social Security database giving up-to-date information about the various Administrative Law Judges who hear cases in any specific ODAR Office. This website details each Administrative Law Judge’s approval rates, which can vary greatly. It is not at all unusual to have some Judges in a specific ODAR Office who deny 80% of their claims, while at the same time, have other Judges who allow 60% or 70% or more of their claims.

The most common reason a claim is denied is because the medical evidence was not properly prepared and presented in the most convincing fashion or the evidence in the file was not set forth with sufficient clarity.

Once there has been a hearing scheduled in front of an Administrative Law Judge, one of the first things we, at Drummond Disability, do is review the statistics on the particular Judge. Since we have literally tried thousands of claims, we have a familiarity of many of the Judges and their personal “quirks” and try to adapt by putting each individual claim in a format which will result in a favorable determination by that particular Judge.

The attorneys and staff at Drummond Disability are fully aware of the frustrations and sufferings of our clients who end up being denied benefits and we do everything possible to try to ensure a claim will be a successful one! Consultations and Evaluations are FREE! Call toll free, 1-800-842-0426.

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