Kentucky Social Security Disability Lawyers

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If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky reveals that 36% 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.

Kentucky has 4 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 Kentucky disability hearings result in an disability benefits being awarded.

On average, Kentucky residents wait 569 days for their hearing before an ALJ. Some Hearing Offices are more favorable than others.

Disability Statistics for Kentucky
Office Judges Avg. Hearing Wait Time Average Processing Time Avg. Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Middlesboro 5 12 months 468 days 2.05 15% 53% 33%
Lexington 12 18 months 620 days 1.80 40% 47% 13%
Louisville 9 17 months 605 days 2.29 25% 17% 59%
Paducah 7 16 months 582 days 1.96 21% 40% 39%
All Kentucky 0 16 months 142 days 2.02 25% 39% 36%
All Administrative Law Judges in Kentucky
Judge City of Operation Full Favorable Part Favorable Total ALJ Dispositions Total Awards Total Decisions Total Denials Total Dispositions
Robert B Bowling Lexington 29 14 110 43 87 44 108
Susan Brock Louisville 42 7 127 49 102 53 127
Steven Collins Louisville 20 18 83 38 68 30 83
Boyce Crocker Lexington 56 13 158 69 137 68 158
Marci P Eaton Paducah 66 4 129 70 110 40 129
David A Ettinger Paducah 3 2 140 5 6 1 6
Stacey L Foster Paducah 51 23 135 74 121