Iowa Social Security Disability Lawyers

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If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Iowa, 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 Iowa reveals that 37% 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.

Iowa has 1 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, 41% of Iowa disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Iowa residents wait 576 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

Disability Statistics for Iowa
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
West Des Moines 8 17 months 576 days 2.31 21% 41% 37%
All Iowa 0 17 months 576 days 2.31 21% 41% 37%
All Administrative Law Judges in Iowa
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Tom Andrews West Des Moines 68 5 122 73 101 28 122
Julie K Bruntz West Des Moines 37 12 113 49 95 46 113
Matthew J Gordon West Des Moines 51 34 155 85 131 46 155
Henry Hamilton West Des Moines 54 36 144 90 129 39 144
Robert A Kelly West Des Moines 23 11 144 34 121 87 144
Michael L Larner West Des Moines 56 8 143 64 128 64 143
John Priester West Des Moines 53 20 127 73 106 33 127
John E Sandbothe West Des Moines 76 3 142 79 114 35 142
View Social Security Offices in Iowa