Arkansas Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Arkansas, 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 Arkansas reveals that 34% 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.

Arkansas has 2 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, 39% of Arkansas disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Arkansas residents wait 459 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

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Disability Statistics for Arkansas
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Little Rock 12 13 months 485 days 2.09 34% 44% 22%
Fort Smith 5 12 months 433 days 1.85 22% 33% 45%
All Arkansas 17 13 months 459 days 1.97 28% 39% 34%
ALJ Judges in Arkansas
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Kevin T Alexander Little Rock 22 15 100 37 84 47 100
Eliaser Chaparro Little Rock 40 5 124 45 105 60 124
Don Curdie Little Rock 64 4 100 68 79 11 100
Bradley L Davis Little Rock 19 5 66 24 58 34 66
Harold D Davis Fort Smith 48 2 100 50 83 33 100
Mark Ferguson Little Rock 44 7 130 51 104 53 130
Wendell C Fowler Little Rock 32 1 90 33 59 26 90
John H Goree Little Rock 28 0 115 28 87 59 115
Dennis Hansen Little Rock 68 13 210 81 182 101 210
Bill Jones Fort Smith 47 9 118 56 104 48 118
David L Knowles Little Rock 63 5 129 68 115 47 129
Linda Marshall Little Rock 68 12 155 80 143 63 155
Glenn A Neel Fort Smith 45 10 109 55 95 40 109
Mark Schafer Little Rock 32 12 143 44 127 83 143
Clifford Shilling Fort Smith 19 6 90 25 81 56 90
Toni Shropshire Little Rock 27 16 119 43 103 60 119
Edward M Starr Fort Smith 56 7 130 63 121 58 130
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