Arizona Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Arizona, then you should weigh the benefits of hiring an attorney. An experienced Social Security disability lawyer can significantly improve the odds that your case will be approved.

Social Security data from Arizona reveals that 39% of the Social Security disability claims are denied on average. Of course, most applicants that have been denied on their first attempt appeal the decision. However, the chances of approval are even worse in the first phase of the appeals process, which is formally known as reconsideration.

The vast majority of claimants will have to wait until their hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to have a significant chance of approval.

Arizona has 3 Hearing Offices where you can go to have your case heard by an ALJ. They are listed in the above table.

Most successful Social Security disability claims are approved during the hearing, largely because the ALJs have more leeway in the way they handle claims and can actually see and hear you while you present evidence of your disability.

Overall, 40% of Arizona disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Arizona residents wait 630 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for Arizona
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Phoenix 10 21 months 683 days 1.46 16% 50% 34%
Phoenix 9 20 months 640 days 1.60 26% 35% 39%
Tucson 7 17 months 567 days 1.93 22% 35% 43%
All Arizona 26 19 months 630 days 1.67 21% 40% 39%
ALJ Judges in Arizona
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Dante M Alegre Phoenix 18 11 127 29 97 68 127
Ted W Armbruster Phoenix 65 11 154 76 136 60 154
Paula F Atchison Phoenix 33 7 136 40 108 68 136
Peter J Baum Tucson 52 7 124 59 100 41 124
Patricia A Bucci Phoenix 52 13 194 65 171 106 194
Jr., Earl C. Cates Phoenix 21 2 82 23 54 31 82
Tin Tin Chen Phoenix 1 1 61 2 3 1 3
Tin Tin Chen Tucson 22 1 61 23 38 15 58
Charles Davis Tucson 55 27 137 82 114 32 137
Yasmin Elias Tucson 29 22 103 51 85 34 103
Lyn Farmer Phoenix 10 2 32 12 30 18 32
Myriam C Fernandez Rice Phoenix 0 0 121 0 1 1 1
Guy E Fletcher Phoenix 62 16 138 78 117 39 138
John Gaffney Phoenix 57 5 164 62 141 79 164
Laura S Havens Tucson 65 9 140 74 116 42 140
Larry E Johnson Tucson 75 6 113 81 101 20 113
Jean R Kerins Phoenix 14 7 61 21 23 2 26
Kelly B Lind Phoenix 1 0 111 1 1 0 1
Kathleen Mucerino Phoenix 77 18 131 95 117 22 131
George W Reyes Tucson 84 7 124 91 106 15 124
Claudi L Rosen-Underwood Phoenix 34 4 73 38 58 20 73
Kelly Walls Phoenix 56 17 146 73 127 54 146
Carla L Waters Phoenix 13 26 108 39 95 56 108
John W Wojciechowski Phoenix 8 1 85 9 17 8 23
Christa Zamora Phoenix 14 4 57 18 52 34 57
Sheldon P Zisook Phoenix 24 13 119 37 99 62 119
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